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Carroll Widdoes
File:Carroll Widdoes.jpg
Biographical details
DiedSeptember 22, 1971
Lake Worth, Florida
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Ohio State (assistant)
Ohio State
Ohio State (assistant)
Head coaching record
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
1 National (1944)
1 Big Ten (1944)
1 MAC (1953)
AFCA Coach of the Year (1944)

Carroll C. Widdoes (1903 – September 22, 1971) was an American football coach and college athletics administrator. He served as the head coach at Ohio State University (1944–1945) and Ohio University (1949–1957), compiling a career record of 58–38–5. Widdoes's 1944 Ohio State team went undefeated and was named a national champion by the National Championship Foundation and the Sagarin Ratings.

Early life

Widdoes was the son of the Rev. and Mrs. Howard W. Widdoes. The Widdoes were missionaries to the Philippines for the United Brethren Church, a predecessor denomination of the United Methodist Church, and Carroll was born there in 1903. Carroll and his brothers and sister came to live at Otterbein in 1916.

Coaching career

After graduating from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio in 1926, Widdoes was an assistant football coach under Paul Brown at Massillon Washington High School in Massillon, Ohio. He followed Brown to Ohio State University as an assistant and assumed the head coaching job in 1944 when Brown joined the Navy, leading the Buckeyes to an undefeated season and a share of the national championship. That season he coached Ohio State's first Heisman Trophy winner, Les Horvath. In two seasons at Ohio State, Widdoes posted a 16–2 record. After the 1945 season, Widdoes left Ohio State, choosing his offensive coordinator, Paul Bixler, to be his successor.

Widdoes took over as head football coach at Ohio University in 1949, eventually becoming athletic director as well. In nine seasons as head coach, he led the Bobcats to a 42–36–5 record and a Mid-American Conference title in 1953.

Later life and death

Widdoes moved to Lantana, Florida in 1970 and died in 1971 of a heart attack at the age of 67.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs AP#
Ohio State Buckeyes (Big Ten Conference) (1944–1945)
1944 Ohio State 9–0 6–0 1st 2
1945 Ohio State 7–2 5–2 3rd 12
Ohio State: 16–2 11–2
Ohio Bobcats (Mid-American Conference) (1949–1957)
1949 Ohio 4–4–1 2–2–1 3rd
1950 Ohio 6–4 2–2 3rd
1951 Ohio 5–4–1 2–2 4th
1952 Ohio 6–2–1 5–2 3rd
1953 Ohio 6–2–1 5–0–1 1st
1954 Ohio 6–3 5–2 2nd
1955 Ohio 5–4 3–3 4th
1956 Ohio 2–7 2–4 T–4th
1957 Ohio 2–6–1 1–4–1 T–5th
Ohio: 42–36–5 27–21–3
Total: 58–38–5
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final AP Poll.


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