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Osborne: Frank Solich needs to be honored by Nebraska

Darin Erstad, Tom Osborne AP

Current Ohio coach Frank Solich lasted six seasons at Nebraska in the tough job of having to follow in the footsteps of the great Tom Osborne. Despite a 58-19 overall record in those six seasons, Solich was shown the door by current Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson after Nebraska went 9-3 during the 2003 regular season.

Now, nine years later, Osborne wants Solich to come back to be  honored at a yet-to-be-determined event. From

“I talked to Frank about that (Friday) morning, and would really like to do that,” Osborne said. “The big problem has been finding the right time to do it. But we’re trying to find a time when we might be able to do something like that.”

Was Solich receptive to the idea?

“He didn’t say no,” Osborne said with a chuckle.

Solich, a Nebraska alumnus, seemed less optimistic, or perhaps more humble, when asked about a potential return to Lincoln.

“Hey, the thing is, people are sick of hearing about me back there. You know that,” Solich said.

Time heals some wounds, but your thoughts, Huskers fans?

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7 Responses to “Osborne: Frank Solich needs to be honored by Nebraska”
  1. raysfan1 says: Jan 16, 2012 3:19 PM

    I think the Callahan era went a long way to teaching Husker fans to appreciate Solich more.

  2. thegamecocker says: Jan 16, 2012 3:55 PM

    Steve Pedersen is an absolute IDIOT! Look at the football mess he is responsible for at Pitt! At one time, they actually had a National profile in football. Not any more. They are a bonafide basketball school as evidenced in their move to the ACC! Hey Steve: the money is in football…not basketball! And the firing of Frank Solich: another error in judgement by Pedersen! An “empty suit” if there ever was one! And Pitt Basketball is suffering a down year this season at the “PETE”…how appropriate.

  3. vincentbojackson says: Jan 16, 2012 5:17 PM

    Steve Pedersen has shown he’s a poor evaluator of head coaching talent. He fired the best coach he ever had and has hired a bunch of circus clowns.

  4. surly1n1nd1anapol1s says: Jan 16, 2012 6:01 PM

    Ah Nebraska, where the N stands for knowledge.

  5. drbordo says: Jan 16, 2012 6:23 PM

    That is nice of Tom to recognize Frank.

    Now let us hope Tom recognizes that Pelini is heading toward year 5 without much results. More important that a pat on Frank’s head.

  6. mrslay1 says: Jan 16, 2012 10:42 PM

    Pelini is doing as good as Nebraska will ever do again. They don’t play in the little league b12 anymore and will not compete with the SEC again. At least not for the big prize. Pelini is a defensive cord. not a head coach.

  7. burtburtman says: Jan 17, 2012 12:52 PM

    Solich was the coach the last time Nebraska football was relevant – so maybe they should honor him. The Huskers haven’t done a thing since Colorado destroyed them in 2001, so obviously Solich wasn’t the only problem. But who knew that that one game would create a hole so deep that the program still isn’t close to climbing out of it an entire decade later?

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