Paul Dietzel, a Miami legend, has passed away at the age of 89.
He's been an All-America football player, the coach of a national champion and an athletic administrator at nine different universities and one collegiate conference. Other experiences include time as a military pilot, an author, a painter, and a songwriter.
His career's launching pad was Miami University.
"It's always been a great source of pride to tell people that my alma mater is Miami University in Oxford, Ohio," Dietzel said, when he was inducted into the Miami Athletics Hall of Fame in 1971.
Born Sept. 5, 1924 in Fremont, Ohio, his path to Miami was a winding one. After a brilliant high school stint, Dietzel attended Duke University, playing on the freshman football team in 1942.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. In the military, he flew 12 dangerous missions as a B-29 pilot.
When the war ended in 1945, Dietzel enrolled at Miami, playing for Coach Sid Gillman's Redskins in 1946 and '47 as an offensive center and a defensive lineman.
At Miami he was surrounded by fellow greats, including teammates such as Ara Parseghian, Bo Schembechler and Bill Arnsparger, among others. In 1946 he was named captain in and was the team's most prolific lineman. In 1947, his solid and consistent performances earned him national recognition as he was named All-MAC, AP All-Ohio, American Football Coaches Association All-American First Team, Williamson All-American, and Little All-American Second Team.
During his playing career, he helped Miami to a 16-3-1 record, including a 9-0-1 season in 1947, capped off by a Sun Bowl victory over Texas Tech. Additionally, he played basketball for Miami in 1945-46.