75 Years Ago, Les Horvath Captured Ohio State's First Heisman Trophy for Undefeated 1944 Squad

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OsuSuperman's picture

Neat little history lesson there!

Go Bucks!

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Major H's picture

A lot of the ASTP guys were just rolled over into the infantry. By late 1944, replacement infantrymen, who bore the brunt of the casualties, were starting to become hard to find.

I'd rather be an hour early than a minute late.

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NorCal Buckeye's picture

Too bad the Big 10 didnt allow them to play in the Rose Bowl.

If it were Alabama, they would be counting 1944 as part of their National Championship count.

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Buckfrombirth's picture

What a bummer! I understand if the issue is the conference not wanting to take up potentially critical national logistics capacity to ship a football team across the country during a war, but my guess is that the issue was one of academics over athletics in the extremis, similar to how, into the mid-'70s, only the champion went to a bowl. Glad the conference finally got over themselves a bit.

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shiloh's picture

deferred from military service after entering Ohio State's veterinary school. 

hmm this struck me as, how shall I say, interesting. Aspiring to be any kind of "doctor" gave you a deferment? Honest question.

carry on ...

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. ~ Mark Twain

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Milk Steak To Go's picture

IIRC, they still had student deferments during WW2.  It'd didn't matter what type of student (undergrad, grad, etc.), just that you were a student.

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AZ Buckeye13's picture

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shiloh's picture

Indeed, thought about mentioning this but didn't want my post to disappear. lol
 

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. ~ Mark Twain

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AZ Buckeye13's picture

Surprised that mine is still up. I do see that I am acquiring down-votes. Sometimes the truth is painful ;) 

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3rdtimesacharm's picture

Or just dodged it... or maybe flat out not bothered with it.

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Poco Loco's picture

Shiloh, as I recall from my childhood-30's  and teen age years-40's, there was not today's emphasis on pets and  veterinary doctors general dealt with livestock which would be essential to feeding the nation and the military.

a hard rock miner from Butte, Montana

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CowCat's picture

That makes total sense, not only for the war itself but for all the soldiers who would eventually come home en masse.

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-- Urban Meyer

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Wargor's picture

Good point.  A quick wiki search shows that there were student deferments and agricultural deferments.  An agricultural vet student would conceivably fall into both categories.  

They took so many during WWII that you really could have serious disruption if you didn't exempt some people for vital (or even just important) civilian work.  

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

Notre Dame’s enrollment was so low, they nearly shuttered the school. If not for the US Naval Academy sending 500+ Midshipmen to South Bend for their education, ND would’ve ceased to exist. 

Officers in WWII still required a college degree in most cases. So, it wasn’t necessarily a deferment for many college students. They were just delaying their entry into the war. 

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Wargor's picture

If not for the US Naval Academy ... ND would’ve ceased to exist. 

That's got to be a hell of a cross to bear. 

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Iwouldliketotalktoyou's picture

Amazing history lesson. Thank you.

Gotta love it.

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Floyd Stahl's picture

No small feat beating out Davis and Blanchard for the Heisman as they both would go on to win in subsequent years.

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BennyOhio's picture

Amazing history lesson. Go Bucks!

BennyFootball

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