It’s hard to overstate the tremendous job Frank Solich has done during his tenure as head coach of the Ohio Bobcats.
The program was in dismal shape when he took over, and in nine years at the helm he has the third most wins and second highest winning percentage of anybody who has coached at least 10 games there. He’s built a consistent winning mid-major, but that MAC championship has been oh so elusive.
The last two years, however, have shown a bit of regression. After a 7-0 start in 2012 his team faltered to 9-4, and a 6-2 start last year fell to 7-6. Now, Solich is tasked with replacing nearly his entire offense and quite a few skilled players on defense.
There is some returning talent, but is it enough for the Bobcats to avoid their first losing season since 2008? If they are to avoid the rebuilding tag, Solich will have to start on offense.