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Solich will call plays in Independence Bowl

December 10, 2002

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— Nebraska coach Frank Solich re-hired himself as offensive coordinator - for one game, anyway.

Solich announced last week that he would no longer call the plays on offense. But he said Monday that he might not have a new offensive coordinator hired by Dec. 27, when Nebraska plays Mississippi in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La.

"We're trying to cover a lot of ground in a short period of time, as far as preparing for the game, recruiting and filling out our staff," Solich said.

Solich also fired defensive coordinator Craig Bohl and two other defensive assistants following a season-ending 28-13 home loss to Colorado on Nov. 29. The Cornhuskers finished 7-6, their worst record since they went 3-6-1 in 1961.

Solich said he probably would work with his offensive assistants in formulating play calls against Mississippi (6-6).

In the absence of a defensive coordinator and the other two coaches, Solich said he also might help out with coaching on defense. Some of his offensive assistants may also be asked to help coach on both sides.

The only remaining defensive assistant is line coach Jeff Jamrog. Also assuming more coach responsibilities in the interim are graduate assistants Jimmy Burrow on defense and Tim Albin on offense.

Solich coached Nebraska's running backs for 19 years before succeeding Tom Osborne after the 1997 season. He has no experience coaching defense at the college level.

"We're able to get done what we need to get done to prepare for the game," Solich said. "We have a very versatile staff and guys who are extremely knowledgeable of the game."

Solich, who had been one of only 12 Division I-A coaches to call his own plays, said the next offensive coordinator will be free to implement new ideas, but that the 'Huskers won't drastically alter the offense.

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