Frank Solich Fired as Husker Head Coach

Nebraska Football Coach Frank Solich has been fired effective immediately.

Sunday afternoon, Athletic Director Steve Pederson held a press conference to announce his decision.

Defensive Coordinator Bo Pelini has been as Interim Head Football Coach.

UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman supported the decision saying, “When I hired him, I knew that I could trust him to make decisions in the best interests of our athletic programs and the student-athletes. Steve has my full support.”

Solich's contract runs through June 30, 2006. Per the contract, Solich's liquidated package will be $786,693. This amount includes his base pay for 31 months and includes one extra month's base pay as compensation for this year's bowl bonus, and will be paid from football revenues.

Pederson said he will immediately start a national search to find Solich's replacement. “The new coach, when named, will name his staff and will make any decisions on those who may be asked to remain with the Husker Program.”

Solich was named Nebraska's 26th head football coach on December 10, 1997, the same day Tom Osborne announced his retirement. He has posted a 58-19 record in six seasons at the helm of the Huskers.

Nebraska finished the 2003 regular season at 9-3 and awaits an invitation to it 35th consecutive bowl appearance.