Former Ohio State University football coach Earle Bruce dies at 87

Posted: 8:48 AM, Apr 20, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-20 09:32:18-04
Former OSU football coach Earle Bruce dies
Former OSU football coach Earle Bruce dies

The former football coach for The Ohio State University, Earle Bruce, died early Friday morning, ESPN reports.

The daughters of Coach Bruce released the following statement:

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, Coach Earle Bruce, early this morning, Friday, April 20. He was a great man, a wonderful husband, father and grandfather, and a respected coach to many. Our family will miss him dearly, but we take solace in the belief that he is in a better place and reunited with his beloved wife, Jean. We thank you for your prayers and good wishes.

His loving daughters: Lynn, Michele, Aimee and Noel

Bruce was the coach for the Buckeyes from 1979 to 1987 and had the impossible task of replacing legendary Buckeyes coach Woody Hayes. He was well-regarded, leading the team to four Big Ten titles and had a 5-3 record in bowl games. A number of his players, such as Jim Lachey, Keith Byars and Pepper Johnson, went onto pro careers.

In 2017, Bruce was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.