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Topic:  Frank Solich Retires, Tim Albin signs 4-year contract to become new head coach
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  Message Not Read  Frank Solich Retires, Tim Albin signs 4-year contract to become new head coach
   Posted: 7/14/2021 8:41:57 AM 

Athens, OH—Ohio University Head Football Coach Frank Solich announced today that he is stepping down from his position to focus on his health, after an unprecedented successful sixteen seasons leading the Bobcats, which included eleven bowl appearances, four Mid-American Conference East titles and a Top 25 ranking.
 
Following Solich's announcement, Director of Athletics Julie Cromer announced that Associate Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator Tim Albin has agreed to become the new head football coach, agreeing to a four-year contract.
 
"After fifty-five years in coaching, including 16 at Ohio University, it is time for me to step away to focus on a cardiovascular health issue," said Solich, a former Home Depot National Coach of the Year (1999) and MAC Coach of the Year (2016). "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 is prepared to continue our work and move the program forward.  I am happy for Tim and his family."

Solich owns a career coaching record of 173-101. His 173 overall wins rank as the fourth most among active NCAA FBS head coaches. He is the winningest head coach in Mid-American Conference history with 115 overall victories while his 77 conference-only wins rank second to former Central Michigan head coach Herb Deromedi's 90. His 16 years of service match Deromedi's (1978-93) for the most in MAC history. Ohio is 115-82 during the Solich era. His 115 victories are the second-most in program history behind Don Peden (121; 1924-46). Ohio has gone 77-46 in conference play since Solich's arrival in Athens in 2005. 

"We are so grateful for all that Coach Solich has given to Ohio University and, especially, to our football program," said Cromer. "He has elevated our program to incredible heights and his legacy rests not only in the on-the-field accomplishments, but also in the lives of hundreds of Bobcats who learned about football—and life—from Coach. I am excited that he has agreed to serve as a close advisor to me and as a resource to our students, coaches and staff.  We look forward to opportunities in the coming year to show our appreciation for Coach Solich and to celebrate his legacy."  

Ohio has had a run of 12-straight non-losing seasons that has included 11 winning campaigns and six years with at least nine victories -- including a 10-win campaign in 2011. The 2012 season began with the Bobcats earning a signature win at Penn State, upsetting the Nittany Lions by a score of 24-14. Ohio captured division titles in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2016. Solich led the Bobcats to 11 of their 13 bowl appearances and the first five bowl victories in program history, with back-to-back wins in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl and '12 Independence Bowl and back-to-back-to-back victories in the 2017 Bahamas Bowl, '18 DXL Frisco Bowl and '20 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (2019 season).

"Coach Solich has been a deeply valued part of the Ohio University family not only for his record on the field but also for his support of student athletes and their success at OHIO and after graduation," said Ohio University President Hugh Sherman. "I'm thankful for his leadership and for the continuity that Tim Albin will bring as he steps into the role of head football coach. He knows our program and our players and has been a significant part of the team's success."

Albin joined the Ohio Football coaching staff as offensive coordinator in 2005, reuniting with Frank Solich after four seasons together at Nebraska. The 2021 season will mark Albin's 17th year in Athens. Since his arrival in Athens, Albin has produced offensive units that have consistently ranked among the top of the Mid-American Conference. He also has directed an offensive attack that has practically rewritten all of Ohio's rushing, passing records, and scoring records. In the past 10 seasons, Albin's offensive units rank No. 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 on the Ohio all-time Top-10 single season scoring list. The Bobcats 368 points in 2018 rank fourth on the all-time list. 

"We are so fortunate to have someone with Tim's experience, character and vision already within our program," said Cromer. "There are few situations where a transition can be as seamless as this one. Tim has been an integral part of the sustained success of OHIO football and with his leadership we expect to maintain our competitive pursuit of MAC Championships, even as he establishes his own imprint on the program. We are excited for Tim to lead our football program."

Albin spent the 2004 season as offensive coordinator and running backs coach at North Dakota State, helping the Bison to an 8-3 record and No. 25 national ranking in their first season at the Division I-AA level. NDSU finished the season averaging 378.5 yards of total offense, including 192.4 on the ground, and had four offensive players named first-team All-Great West Football Conference. Albin served with Solich at Nebraska from 2000 to 2003. He started with the Cornhusker program as a graduate assistant, a position he held for three seasons before being promoted to running backs coach and passing game coordinator for the 2003 season. Prior to his stint at Nebraska, Albin was the head coach at Northwestern Oklahoma State for three seasons, winning the NAIA national championship in 1999 with a 13-0 record. He was named NAIA Football Coach of the Year by Rawlings and American Football Coach Magazine as the Rangers recorded their first undefeated season in history. 

"It is truly an honor to lead the Ohio University football program and I want to express my gratitude to President Sherman and Director of Athletics Julie Cromer for their belief in me," said Albin. "I am forever indebted to Coach Solich for all that he has offered me and taught me through the years, and I know he will always be part of our program.  Our team will provide an unmatched student-athlete experience both on and off the field and we will graduate young men prepared to succeed in life.  With the help of our incredible staff I know great things lie ahead, and our work continues."
 
Media Alert:
Head Football Coach Frank Solich and Director of Athletics Julie Cromer will be available to the media later this morning, July 14th at 11:00 am via Zoom. Please contact Sara Legarsky at legarsky@ohio.edu for information.
 
New Head Football Coach Tim Albin and Director of Athletics Julie Cromer will be available to the media tomorrow, July 15th at 3:00 pm via Zoom. Please contact Sara Legarsky at legarsky@ohio.edu for information.


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  Message Not Read  RE: Frank Solich Retires, Tim Albin signs 4-year contract to become new head coach
   Posted: 7/14/2021 8:56:33 AM 
Name the field after him tomorrow.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Frank Solich Retires, Tim Albin signs 4-year contract to become new head coach
   Posted: 7/14/2021 9:04:38 AM 
Unexpected and tragic coming right before the season. Wish the coach good luck on his health. The key factor was probably the recovery time he was going to need dealing with the cardio issue. Also says 2021 was going to be his last one most likely anyways.


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  Message Not Read  RE: Frank Solich Retires, Tim Albin signs 4-year contract to become new head coach
   Posted: 7/14/2021 9:16:48 AM 
I was looking forward to another season. I wish Coach Solich luck with the health issues. With Albin’s experience in our program I have no doubt the team will be ready and chomping at the bits for this season.


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  Message Not Read  RE: Frank Solich Retires, Tim Albin signs 4-year contract to become new head coach
   Posted: 7/14/2021 9:21:56 AM 
Let's win one (MAC title) for Frank!
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  Message Not Read  RE: Frank Solich Retires, Tim Albin signs 4-year contract to become new head coach
   Posted: 7/14/2021 9:26:12 AM 
No interim tag for Albin???

This had to have been agreed to years ago???

No way they just hand the keys over unless there was an agreement that when Frank stepped down the job goes to Burrow or Albin.

I'm gutted.

Hope Frank's health remains well! And YES ... name the field after him pregame vs Syracuse in front of sellout crowd.

With Albin, those might be a thing of the past. Feel like we hopped into a Delorian driven by Brian Knorr. Ugggggggggh.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Frank Solich Retires, Tim Albin signs 4-year contract to become new head coach
   Posted: 7/14/2021 9:46:20 AM 
bshot44 wrote:
No interim tag for Albin???

This had to have been agreed to years ago???

No way they just hand the keys over unless there was an agreement that when Frank stepped down the job goes to Burrow or Albin.

I'm gutted.

Hope Frank's health remains well! And YES ... name the field after him pregame vs Syracuse in front of sellout crowd.

With Albin, those might be a thing of the past. Feel like we hopped into a Delorian driven by Brian Knorr. Ugggggggggh.


+1

Brian Knorr....part deuce.




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  Message Not Read  RE: Frank Solich Retires, Tim Albin signs 4-year contract to become new head coach
   Posted: 7/14/2021 9:56:48 AM 
GoCats105 wrote:
Name the field after him tomorrow.


This.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Frank Solich Retires, Tim Albin signs 4-year contract to become new head coach
   Posted: 7/14/2021 10:09:03 AM 
I'm not sold on Albin for four years, but slap an interim tag on him and our peers will feast on that uncertainty in recruiting.

I would have done three years. That's enough time to see whether the program is trending in the right direction.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Frank Solich Retires, Tim Albin signs 4-year contract to become new head coach
   Posted: 7/14/2021 10:15:33 AM 
Thanks, Coach.

I figured he’d be here five years and bolt. Instead, he built something special.

Ohio was a complete laughingstock my freshman year. By my junior year a well-oiled machine. A consistency that almost every other program envied. A willingness to change with the times while remaining vital and connecting with players 55 years his junior.

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  Message Not Read  RE: Frank Solich Retires, Tim Albin signs 4-year contract to become new head coach
   Posted: 7/14/2021 10:17:59 AM 
Given the timing of this and the fact that Burrow retired early I'm sure that this was an easy decision for the AD. That doesn't mean that it was a comfortable decision. Given the timing, I'm sure that it wasn't no matter what the long term plans with Albin were.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Frank Solich Retires, Tim Albin signs 4-year contract to become new head coach
   Posted: 7/14/2021 10:20:04 AM 
shabamon wrote:
I'm not sold on Albin for four years, but slap an interim tag on him and our peers will feast on that uncertainty in recruiting.

I would have done three years. That's enough time to see whether the program is trending in the right direction.


If you can get preferred buyout/departure language, wouldn't naming them head coach be better for recruiting? Even if for 1-2 years? Other schools couldn't use the interim tag against Ohio? It presents stability?




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  Message Not Read  RE: Frank Solich Retires, Tim Albin signs 4-year contract to become new head coach
   Posted: 7/14/2021 10:24:13 AM 

 


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  Message Not Read  RE: Frank Solich Retires, Tim Albin signs 4-year contract to become new head coach
   Posted: 7/14/2021 10:24:50 AM 

Man.... Thank you Frank Solich. Thank. You.

(Heal/Recover, and enjoy life.)


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  Message Not Read  RE: Frank Solich Retires, Tim Albin signs 4-year contract to become new head coach
   Posted: 7/14/2021 10:25:33 AM 
Programs usually don’t start going downhill until the third year after the legend leaves, so I’m fine with a four-year deal.

This year’s team should essentially be a Solich team. The seniors next year will be Solich guys. Then Albin gets two years to prove himself.

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  Message Not Read  RE: Frank Solich Retires, Tim Albin signs 4-year contract to become new head coach
   Posted: 7/14/2021 10:48:00 AM 
What a shock to read this news! Here's wishing Frank a speedy recovery from whatever heart issue he is suffering from. I agree with those that say the field should be named after him. Let's do it against Syracuse.

I see one real positive to Albin being the head coach, we'll have a new offensive coordinator this fall. Maybe, we'll add a few new wrinkles to our bread and butter RB-UTM play! ;-)


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  Message Not Read  RE: Frank Solich Retires, Tim Albin signs 4-year contract to become new head coach
   Posted: 7/14/2021 10:58:54 AM 
On this site- I want to see everyone say

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  Message Not Read  RE: Frank Solich Retires, Tim Albin signs 4-year contract to become new head coach
   Posted: 7/14/2021 11:11:58 AM 
First off, BIG thank you to Coach Solich for his years at the helm of Ohio Football. When the athletic department decided to take the football program seriously and hire him, I then decided to take the program seriously too and purchased season tickets. Had them ever since. The field should be named after him.

I have no doubt that it was understood, perhaps even put in writing, that Albin would get the job after Frank left. Frank was not going to allow Tim's loyalty to go unrewarded. We all know that. Fingers crossed that he takes the program to even greater success, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't worried.

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   Posted: 7/14/2021 11:15:51 AM 
I never knew this about Albin - As head coach at NAIA Northwest Oklahoma State, he improved their record in each of his three years, including a 13-0 national championship year in 1999.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Frank Solich Retires, Tim Albin signs 4-year contract to become new head coach
   Posted: 7/14/2021 11:30:18 AM 
Ted Thompson wrote:
Per Ohio, OC Tim Albin will be the new Head Coach without an interim tag: 4 year deal.
Also, former OU QB Tyler Tettleton is expected to join the staff as RB coach and passing game coordinator. Tettleton has had stints with Oklahoma, the Cleveland Browns and LSU in recent years— Jason Arkley (@JasonRRArkley) https://twitter.com/JasonRRArkley/status/1415291858788524...


Makes a lot of sense to bring in TT to help out on offense right now. Safe to assume we won’t have a true “OC” this year?


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  Message Not Read  RE: Frank Solich Retires, Tim Albin signs 4-year contract to become new head coach
   Posted: 7/14/2021 11:43:34 AM 
. wrote:
Thanks, Coach.

I figured he’d be here five years and bolt. Instead, he built something special.

Ohio was a complete laughingstock my freshman year. By my junior year a well-oiled machine. A consistency that almost every other program envied. A willingness to change with the times while remaining vital and connecting with players 55 years his junior.

What a run.


Thinking back to the pre-Frank years, who would have dreamed that at the start of the 2021 season Ohio would be one of a handful or two of FBS programs without a losing season since 2008!!


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  Message Not Read  RE: Frank Solich Retires, Tim Albin signs 4-year contract to become new head coach
   Posted: 7/14/2021 12:54:42 PM 
Victory wrote:
Given the timing of this and the fact that Burrow retired early I'm sure that this was an easy decision for the AD. That doesn't mean that it was a comfortable decision. Given the timing, I'm sure that it wasn't no matter what the long term plans with Albin were.


Not comfortable and not optimal for anyone but neither is the timing of the change.

It would have been nice if Frank could have had a victory lap, even a short one, before his successor was named. No way Cromer could afford that in July and that’s too bad.

I would be happy to see the field named for Frank but there will be some who will say “What about Bill Hess?” A national championship, even a “small” one, and 4 conference titles has to count for something in legacy recognition
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  Message Not Read  RE: Frank Solich Retires, Tim Albin signs 4-year contract to become new head coach
   Posted: 7/14/2021 1:18:44 PM 
Saddened to hear about Frank’s health issues, would have hoped for a better circumstance to end his storied coaching career. He certainly earned the right to hang up his whistle on his terms. Every Bobcat owes this man a heartfelt thank you and gratitude for all his efforts and accomplishments that he devoted to the Ohio football program.

Frank has earned the utmost respect from his coaching peers, players past and present and not only Bobcat fans but football fans everywhere. I wish Frank the best in dealing with his health issues and hope he can continue to play a role in furthering the success of the Ohio football program which he helped build.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Frank Solich Retires, Tim Albin signs 4-year contract to become new head coach
   Posted: 7/14/2021 1:20:08 PM 
May God bless and keep coach Solich. I remember him coming to Ohio and challenging the players to a push up contest, he is a warrior and I am sure that he will fight and win this battle too. Thank you, Coach Solich


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