Clarence Diebold

Clarence Joseph Diebold (August 1, 1881 – January 1964) was an American football player from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a starting quarterback for the University of Notre Dame.

Diebold earned the starting quarterback job at the beginning of the 20th century under new head coach Pat O'Dea. His team began the season in magnificent fashion, outscoring their first four opponents by a combined total of 245-0. However, the run skidded to a halt with a 0-6 loss at Indiana, followed by a 6-6 tie against Beloit and a demoralizing 0-54 loss at Wisconsin—the worst-ever loss for the Irish at that time. But the team showed spirit in a competitive 0-7 loss at Michigan, then closed out the year with two straight wins for a final record of 6-3-1.

After graduation, Diebold returned to his hometown of Pittsburgh where he married Edna Louise Lally, and spent the rest of his years working in the family lumber business.

Clarence Diebold
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Career history
CollegeNotre Dame (1900)
Personal information
Born:August 1, 1881
Died:January, 1964


  • Steele, Michael R. The Fighting Irish Football Encyclopedia. Champaign, IL: Sports Publishing LLC (1996). p. 25-26
Diebold (surname)

Diebold is a surname, and may refer to:

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Clarence Diebold (1881–1964), American college football player at Notre Dame

Francis X. Diebold (born 1959), American economist

John Diebold (1926–2005), American pioneer of computing and automation

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Ulrike Diebold (born 1961), Austrian physicist

List of Notre Dame Fighting Irish starting quarterbacks

The following individuals have started games at quarterback for the University of Notre Dame football team, updated through the 2018 season.

The year of induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, if applicable, is designated alongside the respective player's final season.

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