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Solich announces retirement as Ohio football coach

Albin promoted from offensive coordinator

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ATHENS ?Frank Solich, The Mid-American Conference抯 all-time leader in football coaching wins, announced his retirement Tuesday morning, citing a need to focus on his health.

Director of Athletics Julie Cromer announced associate head coach and offensive coordinator Tim Albin was promoted to head coach and agreed to a four-year contract.

"After 55 years in coaching, including 16 at Ohio University, it is time for me to step away to focus on a cardiovascular health issue," Solich said in a press release. "I've appreciated the support of Bobcat fans over the years, and I know they will continue to support Coach Albin. After working directly with Tim for 21 consecutive years, including six at the University of Nebraska, it's clear to me he... <Read More>

Additional Coverage:
Ohio's Frank Solich, 76, retires after 16 seasons as head coach  (Yahoo! Sports)
Ohio Bobcats' Frank Solich, winningest football coach in MAC history, steps down for health issues  (ESPN.com)
Frank Solich took long road through Ohio to record-breaking success  (Sporting News)
Frank Solich announces his retirement after 16 seasons with Ohio  (The Post)
Frank Solich rewrote his own story, from Nebraska to Ohio, retiring with a legacy of success  (The Athletic)

De扢ontre Tuggle Becomes First Ohio University Student Athlete to Ink Monetary Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) Deal

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Today, De扢ontre Tuggle becomes the first Ohio University student-athlete to sign a monetary NIL deal. As part of new NIL guidelines, student-athletes may be compensated for the commercial use of their name, image, and likeness arising from their skills and accomplishments.

揥e抮e thrilled to do our part to support NIL compensation for Ohio Bobcat athletes under the current NIL guidelines and look forward to other businesses joining us to do the same,?said Ted Thompson, Co-Manager of BobcatAttack.com and Ohio University alumnus. 揑 think I can speak for Bobcat fans across the country when I say we can抰 wait to see student-athletes back doing what they love.?

Founded in 2000 and operated by Ohio University alums Ted Thompson and Ryan... <Read More>

Cold-shooting Bobcats eliminated by Creighton

Bluejays close 1st half on huge run, hold Bobcats to 31.8% shooting

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. ?Shots would not fall, and Ohio抯 dance in the NCAA Tournament ended with a 72-58 loss to Creighton on Monday evening at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

The No. 13 seed Bobcats shot just 31.8% for the game, including 23.3% from long range, and scored a season low. The No. 5 seed Bluejays held Mid-American Conference Tournament MVP Jason Preston to just four points on 1-of-10 shooting, and they advance to the Sweet 16 to take on No. 1 seed and top-ranked Gonzaga.

Creighton used a 23-5 run to close the first half to build a 15-point halftime lead and Ohio could not recover, coming only as close as nine in the final minutes of the game.

All five Bluejays starters average double-figures, and all five reached that mark, led by Marcus... <Read More>

Ohio tourney magic continues

Vander Plas, Preston lead comeback win over Virginia

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. ?Ohio is dancing into the second round again.

Ben Vander Plas scored 17 points and spear-headed a game-changing second-half run, while Jason Preston off his abilities to the nation by nearly producing a triple-double as the Bobcats knocked off defending national champion Virginia 62-58 in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night at Assembly Arena.

Beginning with a go-ahead 3-pointer, Vander Plas scored 10 straight Ohio points late in the second half. Preston finished with 11 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists in the school抯 third straight opening round victory in the tournament. The Bobcats also pulled first-round upsets in 2010 and 2012.

"I'm just really, really proud of our guys," Igui coach Jeff Boals said. "There... <Read More>


Preston leads Ohio's dominant win over Buffalo for MAC title

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CLEVELAND ?Jeff Boals and the Bobcats danced on the court, and next week, they will be dancing in the NCAA Tournament.

Ohio completed a dominant run through the Mid-American Conference tournament Saturday night with an 84-69 victory against Buffalo in the title game to clinch a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012.

As he does after every win, Boals, in just his second year as coach, led the Bobcats in a celebration dance, this time on the floor of Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. They trailed for less than three minutes in the three games of the tournament and ran out to a 20-point halftime lead against the Bulls, who got only as close as 10 points in the second half.

揥hen you recruit high character guys who love each... <Read More>

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