74. Happy (early) birthday, Frank Solich

Ohio’s head coach is ranked No. 57 for all-time wins as a head coach with 159 total. Frank Solich has been in the coaching game for 52 years, including his days as a high school coach. Solich will be turning 74 on September 8, and maybe, finally, he’ll get that Mid-American Conference championship to come to Athens.

Tenure: Solich was hired by Ohio in 2005 and is by far the longest-tenured current coach in the MAC with his 14th season coming up. With 97 total wins at Ohio, Solich is third in MAC history with wins at the school behind Herb Deromedi (Central Michigan, 110 wins) and Bill Hess (Ohio, 108). Hess spent 19 years at Ohio and Deromedi spent 15 years at CMU, making Solich the third-longest-lasting coach at a MAC school.

Accolades: While Ohio hasn’t won a conference title under Solich like he did with Nebraska in 1999, the Bobcats have had a fair share of success. Solich has gotten his Ohio teams to win four divisional titles as early as his second year in Athens and as recently as two years ago. When Ohio won an East division title in 2006 with a 9-5 overall record and 7-1 MAC record, Solich was named the MAC’s Coach of the Year. Next January, Solich will return to Nebraska to accept the Tom Osborne Legacy Award.

Solich once on the cover of Sports Illustrated: The first Husker to do so.

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