Do You Know Who Harry Strobel Was?

Harry Strobel nearly got Woody Hayes' job and then became one of the legendary coach's most trusted friends and confidants. Also in today's blog are Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany's thoughts on conference expansion.

Do you know how Harry Strobel was? You should – at least you should if you consider yourself an Ohio State football fan – since Strobel very nearly became head coach of the Buckeyes in the early 1950s.

Strobel was a native of Massillon, Ohio, and earned six varsity letters – three in football, two in baseball and one in basketball – at Miami University before his graduation in 1932.

He first made a name for himself in high school coaching, leading Bellevue to the Class AA state basketball championship in 1945, and then two years later piloting Barberton to the 1947 state football title. One of Strobel's star players on that Barberton team was a lineman named Glenn Schembechler.

In 1949, Strobel moved to the college ranks and joined Wes Fesler's staff at Ohio State as freshman coach. At the same time, Strobel also served as an assistant for basketball coach Floyd Stahl.

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