View Full Version : Frank Solich's bad night.

12-01-2005, 11:14 AM

After a whirlwind three days in which Ohio University head football coach Frank Solich passed out at the wheel, was convicted of drunk driving and kept his job, a community already wrestling with alcohol abuse evaluates its implications.

Barely a week past finishing a semi-successful season at the helm of the Bobcats - his first at OU - Solich drank heavily Saturday evening at Casa Cantina, witnesses said. Though visibly impaired and cut off from further drinks, he resisted several attempts by staff or patrons to call a taxi cab, got into a 2005 Nissan provided to him by a local auto dealer, and ended up wedged in by police cruisers facing the wrong way on West Union Street, according to witnesses and a police report.

"I guess he had been in Casa at the dinner hour," said Leslie Schaller, an ACEnet official associated with Casa. "I know they gave him a cup of coffee. The bartenders essentially cut him off."

Solich was at the bar for about four hours, said a Casa employee, who noted that the employees tried to get him to take a cab, and even called one for him. Solich refused the cab, saying he intended to go fetch some food elsewhere.