Back in December of 2010, Frank Solich and Ohio faced a wide open, high octane Troy offense in the New Orleans Bowl.
Entering the game, Troy ranked in the top 25 in passing, total offense, and scoring, and operated their offense at a breakneck pace. When it was all said and done, the Trojans had put up 48 points and it's safe to say that Solich walked away impressed.
In fact, he was so impressed that he made a trip down in the offseason to visit with the Troy staff and learn about dailing things up a notch up in Athens.
Since that meeting, the Bobcats have ran an average of nearly 20 more plays per game (59 plays per game in 2010 compared to 78 per game in 2012). Back in 2010 Ohio ranked 95th in total offense. The next season they immediately improved, climbing 70 spots to 25th nationally, and this season (with a much tougher schedule) still rank comfortably in the top half of teams in the country at 43rd in total offense.
It's common sense for offensive guys. More plays equal more yards, and more plays and yards equal more points, and more often than not, more points mean more wins.
2011 marked a 10 win season for the Bobcats, and this season the team won eight of their first nine games before losing three straight to finish the regular season at 8-4. Their bowl game against Louisiana-Monroe is taking place as this is being written.
Credit Solich for identifying the evolution of the game and meeting with a program that has been on of the most successful and productive with the spread and then adjusting it to his personnel. He talks to Tim Brando about the evolution of offenses and explains that the change in philosophy has made recruiting noticeably easier on the Tim Brando Show recently.