Former Nebraska head coach Frank Solich received the Tom Osborne Legacy Award on Wednesday night, an honor presented to an individual who is a “winner on and off the field.”
Solich returned to Omaha for the Outland Award Ceremony to receive his award.
Solich was the head coach at Nebraska from 1998-2003, posting a 58-19 record in six seasons with the Huskers. He led his teams to a bowl game every season he was in Lincoln. He’s spent the last 14 seasons at Ohio, compiling a 106-75 record in that time.
The Bobcats have attended 10 bowl games in that stretch.
“A great two days,” Solich told KMTV. “I had a chance to be around players I’ve coached, players I’ve played with. Amazing time to share stories and good conversation going with guys that I haven’t seen for quite some time.”
“He’s a well-respected guy in the profession,” said Osborne. “I’m just glad he’s able to come back and meet with so many former players and some of the fans and I think that he certainly deserves something like this.”
Despite winning 58 games in six seasons at Nebraska, and hitting double-digit win totals three straight years, Solich was fired after the 2003 season. He did not coach in the team’s bowl game.
Prior to becoming the head coach for the Huskers, Solich was an assistant on Osborne’s staff from 1979-1997. He also attended and played at Nebraska from 1963-1965.