President Orello Cone, 1880-1896
The third Universalist clergyman to head Buchtel College was Orello Cone, a distinguished scholar and professor of Biblical languages and literature. During his presidency, Cone directed a successful fund-raising campaign for the first gymnasium on campus. Ironically, his resignation 16 years later was prompted in part by student and alumni resentment of his lack of enthusiasm for the football team.
Buchtel starts participating in intercollegiate football.
Under the leadership of a young coach named John Heisman, for whom the coveted Heisman Trophy is named, Buchtel's gridiron squad defeats Ohio State.