Earle Bruce-Former OSU Head Coach Dead At 87


Former OSU Head Coach Earl Bruce Dead At 87. Bruce was an assistant coach under Woody Hayes from 1966 to 1971, and was head coach at Ohio State from 1979 to 1987.

According to a statement from Bruce’s daughters, the former head coach passed away early Friday morning.


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"

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