By Pete Nakos
OhioBobcats.com Feature Writer
ATHENS, Ohio - A week ago Frank Solich won his 150th game as a head coach when Ohio defeated UMass 58-50. Ever since he took the job at Ohio in 2005, he's never stopped striving to make the Bobcats a Mid-American Conference contender.
Not once. Not ever.
Solich has taken the Bobcats to four MAC Championship games. He has taken them to eight bowl games, unheard of before he came to Athens. He'll be known as a program rebuilder, one of the most consistent coaches in college football.
In true fashion, he was unaware of the milestone win until Director of Operations Chris Rodgers threw him the game ball and his players started cheering and singing "Stand Up and Cheer."
"I didn't really pay much attention," Solich said. "It didn't really hit me until they threw the ball at me. I've been around a lot of great coaches and players, if you're in it as long as I am, you hope you get some wins."
He's also managed Ohio to jump out to a 4-1 start, a great starting point in what he hopes will be the season he captures the one win that isn't on his resumè: a MAC Championship. The Bobcats are already 1-0 in the MAC with an overtime win over Eastern Michigan two weekends ago.
Saturday's matchup truly kicks off the MAC season as the Bobcats will take on Central Michigan at 2 p.m. Ohio will be faced with the task of a pocket passer in Shane Morris and a secondary that has nine interceptions this season. It also hasn't beaten CMU at Peden Stadium since 2000.
A win for Ohio would mean a 5-1 to start the season, the first time since 2015.
Solich believes in this team, they've been to the big stage in Detroit before and they want to get back just as much as he does. They're mature, they can play in close fourth quarter games. It's the kind of team he's know for, too—a hard-nosed running team that will be tougher than you on the line of scrimmage.
"We have great leadership. We have some depth that has shown to some degree in the course of our five games," he said. "Our guys still believe that no matter who plays, we always have a shot."
That's the mindset Solich has ingrained in this program and that's why he has 150 wins. But he doesn't care to live in the past, he's onto looking for his 151st.