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Penalties include suspension of license, $250 fine

ATHENS, Ohio -- Ohio coach Frank Solich was convicted of
drunken driving Monday, two days after police spotted him slumped
over the wheel of his vehicle.

Solich, in his first season with the Bobcats, pleaded no contest
and was ordered to complete a three-day driver intervention
program. He also had his license suspended for 180 days and was
fined $250.

The former Nebraska coach apologized in court. He declined to
comment afterward.

The university, in a statement released before his court
appearance, said Solich would remain in charge of the Bobcats as it
monitored the case.

Solich, 61, appeared to be passed out when police found him
Saturday night in the vehicle, which was facing the wrong direction
on a one-way street and in drive, according to a police report.

"I know Frank as a man of impeccable integrity, and I am
confident that he will respond to this situation in a positive
manner and use these circumstances to better teach others,
including his players, the importance of making wise decisions,"
Ohio athletic director Kirby Hocutt said in the statement.

The Bobcats were 4-7 in their first year under Solich, who grew
up in Ohio.

Solich was 58-19 in six seasons as Nebraska's coach before being
fired after the 2003 regular season.