Celebrating The Architect Of OSU Football

Today marks the 121st anniversary of the birth of John W. Wilce, who helped transform Ohio State football from a club sport in the early part of the 20th century to the status of national powerhouse the program enjoys today.

Today marks the 121st anniversary of the birth of the man who was the driving force behind Ohio State as it became a college football power.

John Woodworth Wilce was born March 12, 1888, in Rochester, N.Y., and got his first taste of the Western Conference (later the Big Ten) when he became a three-sport letterman at the University of Wisconsin. Wilce earned all-conference honors as a fullback with the Badgers in 1909, and then went into coaching.

Following his graduation from Wisconsin, he took over the program at La Crosse High School before returning to his alma mater as an assistant professor of physical education and an assistant football coach. The Badgers were one of the country's top programs at the time and had won the 1912 Western Conference title with an undefeated record.

Read the rest by clicking on this link: Rea's Day Blog: March 12.


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