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