The 1922 season was a promising one for the Buckeyes, who had high expectations with their offense, which was powered by Noel Workman (a West Virginia quarterback, nicknamed Dopey) and Harry Workman (a halfback). Ohio was the choice of the Workman brothers. State Michigan in 1919.
Ohio began the season just one week ago. State An awful news broke. The evidence had shown that Noel Workman was not eligible to be the quarterback. to Because he was a West Virginia schoolboy in 1917, he could play college football. The number of players was limited to Workman was eligible for three seasons at the time. He had one season in West Virginia, two at Ohio. State. The final decision to John L. Griffith, the Big Ten Commissioner, was responsible for disqualifying Workman and for enforcing eligibility rules.
Ohio made the announcement. State’s student newspaper, The Lantern, deprived Ohio State Of “the most uncanny quarterback” The conference will be held in “the man on whom most of its faith was pinned this season.” The team’s coach, John Wilce, moved Harry Workman to quarterback, and the Buckeyes’ offense sputtered early in the season. And against Michigan, before a crowd of more than 70,000 fans packed into grandstands plus extra chairs and bleachers, Harry Workman threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown in Michigan’s rout.
The game was so close that Buckeyes fans started heading for the exits during the third quarter. They abandoned their new building. to delirious Michigan supporters. Ohio State Alumni “pulled out their eyebrows listening to them,” According to The Detroit Free Press, The Michigan band marched with about 5,000 Wolverines fanesses through Columbus to perform their fight song. “Hail to the Victors,” According to The Lansing State Journal.
Yost was reported to have crowed after the game. “We put the dead in dedication,” According to Bacon’s book “Fourth and Long.”
What was it supposed to be? to be a celebration for the state of Ohio turned into an embarrassment — because of Michigan. Both coaches and administrators knew the truth about Ohio at the time. State’s team, which finished with its first losing season in 23 years, had been weakened.