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Solich announces retirement as Ohio football coach

Albin promoted from offensive coordinator


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ATHENS – Frank Solich, The Mid-American Conference’s all-time leader in football coaching wins, announced his retirement Tuesday morning, citing a need to focus on his health.

Director of Athletics Julie Cromer announced associate head coach and offensive coordinator Tim Albin was promoted to head coach and agreed to a four-year contract.

"After 55 years in coaching, including 16 at Ohio University, it is time for me to step away to focus on a cardiovascular health issue," Solich said in a press release. "I've appreciated the support of Bobcat fans over the years, and I know they will continue to support Coach Albin. After working directly with Tim for 21 consecutive years, including six at the University of Nebraska, it's clear to me he... <Read More>

Additional Coverage:
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH FRANK SOLICH STEPS DOWN; ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH TIM ALBIN PROMOTED TO HEAD COACH  (Ohio Bobcats.com)
Ohio's Frank Solich, 76, retires after 16 seasons as head coach  (Yahoo! Sports)
Ohio Bobcats' Frank Solich, winningest football coach in MAC history, steps down for health issues  (ESPN.com)
Frank Solich took long road through Ohio to record-breaking success  (Sporting News)
Frank Solich announces his retirement after 16 seasons with Ohio  (The Post)
Frank Solich rewrote his own story, from Nebraska to Ohio, retiring with a legacy of success  (The Athletic)





Ohio scores 45 in 1st half of 52-10 blowout of Bowling Green

Led by Tuggle's 185, 3 TDs, Bobcats rush for 355 yards


ATHENS – Playing for the first time in 18 days, Ohio ran up a huge halftime lead and blew out Bowling Green 52-10 on Saturday at Peden Stadium.

De’Montre Tuggle ran 15 times for 185 yards and three touchdowns, and the Bobcats (2-1) scored a first-half touchdown on special teams and then nearly on defense as well in the blowout of the short-handed Falcons, who had multiple players suspended this past week.

"I thought it was a complete ball game by really the offense, defense, special team units. everyone. Good plays by all three of those units," Ohio coach Frank Solich said. "Obviously, that's what it takes in order to continue to have success in this conference. It's good to see it materialize the way it did out there today."

Kurtis Rourke... <Read More>






Tuggle carries Ohio past Akron 24-10

Zips hang tough but lose 19th straight game


ATHENS – After failing to put Akron away on multiple occasions, Ohio turned to De’Montre Tuggle to get the job done.

He carried the ball all nine plays of a 70-yard drive capped by his 1-yard touchdown run for the clinching touchdown of the Bobcats’ 24-10 victory against the Zips on Tuesday night at Peden Stadium.

"We celebrate every win," Ohio coach Frank Solich said. "The other team wants to win, too. We celebrate every win. We also understand that we're making it hard on ourselves, and we've got to get some things changed, realistically, if we want to battle for a conference championship."

Akron came in on an 18-game losing streak and was pummeled by Ohio last season 52-3, but this one was not decided until Tuggle reached the end zone... <Read More>






Central Michigan holds off Ohio 30-27

Penalty kills late drive by the Bobcats


MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Central Michigan’s defense held late and the Chippewas open the season with a 30-27 victory against Ohio on Tuesday night at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

Jarren Hampton's tackle for no game on fourth-and-1 gave the Bobcats possession with 2:10 remaining at their own 33-yard line, and Ohio moved inside the Central Michigan 30-yard line. A questionable holding penalty, though, negated a Kurtis Rourke run inside the 15. On fourth down, Troy Brown broke up a pass intended for Ryan Luerman to lock up the win for Central Michigan.

"I'm hoping that the mistakes that were made were correctable mistakes," Ohio coach Frank Solich said. "And I believe that will be true."

Ohio took the lead 27-20 at the start of the second half on... <Read More>






Columbus Hartley HS OL Jake Skelly commits to Ohi0


Columbus Bishop Hartley High School offensive lineman Jake Skelly commits to Ohio. He chose the Bobcats over offers from Akron, Ball St., EMU, Kent St. and Toledo.





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