Welcome back to Remember When, where we delve into some interesting moments in Ohio State sports history.
Concerns over the uncertainty surrounding head coach Paul Brown enlisting in the military to fight in World War II, and the potential implications for the Ohio State football squad spread around Columbus in 1944. But, an official source put any and all of these rumors to rest.
There would be football, and the end of it would only come when there was no one left to play the game.
From the February 16, 1944 issue of The Lantern:
The 1944 Buckeyes would be left in good hands after Brown decided to enlist in the Navy in April. Carroll Widdoes would lead Ohio State to a perfect 9-0 season with Les Horvath taking home the Heisman.
A ban on post-season play by the Big Ten would halt their season but nonetheless, football lives on long past the concerns of 1944, and a lack of interest by high school talent would become a non-issue.