Frank Solich returning to Nebraska to receive Tom Osborne Legacy Award

Frank Solich returning to Nebraska to receive Tom Osborne Legacy Award

Former Nebraska head football coach Frank Solich will return to Nebraska for the Outland Trophy Award Dinner this coming January in Omaha.

Solich will accept the fifth annual Tom Osborne Legacy Award from his former boss.

According to a news release, the Tom Osborne Legacy Award is presented by the FWAA and Rotary International to a person for making extraordinary contributions to the Outland Trophy and to interior line play in college football and for exhibiting the characteristics of integrity, sportsmanship and fair play.

Previous winners include former Oklahoma head coach Barry Switzer, former Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden and the late Milt Tenopir, the longtime Husker offensive line coach.

Current Nebraska coach Scott Frost, who’s also expected to be on hand for the presentation, had said several times during the spring that he believed it’d be a good idea to bring Solich back and thank him for his contributions to the program.

“I think a lot of Frank Solich, he’s one of my mentors,” Frost said in March. “Frank averaged over nine wins a year here, and it wasn’t good enough. Then, (Nebraska) got rid of him and went through a tough period.”

In his six seasons as Nebraska’s head coach (1998-2003), Solich guided the Huskers to a record of 58-19 (.753). In 1999, NU was 12-1, captured the Big 12 championship and was No. 2 in the final coaches’ poll. The Huskers haven’t won a conference title since.┬áSolich was named Big 12 Coach of the Year in 1999 and 2001.

Solich was 9-3 in 2003, but was fired by then-athletic director Steve Pederson.

A native of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Solich was an All-Big Eight fullback at Nebraska from 1963-65 under legendary head coach Bob Devaney. After a successful high school coaching career at Lincoln Southeast, Solich became an assistant under Osborne in 1979.

During nine of the 15 seasons Solich was the NU running backs coach, the Huskers led the nation in rushing.

The 73-year-old Solich, who’s been Ohio’s head coach since 2005, has guided that program to the Mid-American Conference title game four times and to nine bowl games as well.