- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Former Nebraska coach Frank Solich will take over Ohio University’s football program today after the Bobcats considered Maryland offensive coordinator Charlie Taaffe among their finalists.

Ohio officials scheduled a 1p.m. press conference after holding second discussions with Solich and Taaffe in recent days. The 16-member search committee also considered Florida interim coach Charlie Strong and Virginia offensive coordinator Ron Prince. Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta failed to gain a second look following an interview Sunday.

A Cleveland native, Solich also was considered by Indiana and Pittsburgh after compiling a 58-19 mark at Nebraska before released in 2003 despite a 9-3 finish. Solich replaces Brian Knorr, who was fired Nov.18 after going 11-35 in four seasons, including 4-7 this year.

Taaffe, who couldn’t be reached for comment, made a strong bid despite being uncertain whether he wanted to lead a program again. A head coach at The Citadel (1987-96) and the CFL Montreal Alouettes (1999-2000) before coming to Maryland in 2001, Taaffe recently said running a program was no longer his prime desire. Taaffe was considered for several openings last year, including Army.

“[Being a head coach] doesn’t consume me,” Taaffe said. “Been there, done that. If the opportunity comes, I would be very selective at this point in my career, and it would have to be a very good situation to consider leaving here.”

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