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By Bob DiCesare

Paul Dietzel, coach of LSU's undefeated 1958 national championship team, died Tuesday at 89. He is the second cousin of UB safeties coach Mike Dietzel.

Talk about a storied football journey. As reported by the Associated Press, Paul Dietzel played under Sid Gillman at Miami (Ohio) and was an assistant under Gillman at Miami, West Point and Cincinnati. He became Bear Bryant's offensive line coach at Kentucky in 1951. The turning point of his head coaching days at LSU came when he recruited the great Billy Cannon.

Cannon won the Heisman Trophy in 1959. Who finished second?

That would be Penn St. quarterback Richie Lucas, the first player ever drafted by the Buffalo Bills.

And No. 3? SMU QB "Dandy" Don Meredith.

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Bob Dicesare

Bob DiCesare

Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Rodney McKissic

Rodney McKissic began his journalism career in 1989 after graduating from the University of Cincinnati and has worked for The Buffalo News since 2001. A proud father of four children, he enjoys reading in his spare time.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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