Today is a sad day in the world of Ohio State and college football, as coaching legend Earle Bruce died at the age of 87.
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer was one of those people to honor Bruce.
Here is Meyer’s tweet:
Buckeye Nation lost one of its own. Thoughts and prayers to the Bruce Family. My mentor and friend, thank you for all you did for The Ohio State University, and all those players and coaches whose lives you made a difference in. pic.twitter.com/mveMGFHWXO
— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) April 20, 2018
“Buckeye Nation lost one of its own. Thoughts and prayers to the Bruce Family. My mentor and friend, thank you for all you did for The Ohio State University, and all those players and coaches whose lives you made a difference in.”
In addition, Ohio State sent out an email on Friday morning to announce Bruce’s death. The email included a touching quote from Meyer.
“I’ve made it clear many times that, other than my father, Coach Bruce was the most influential man in my life,” Meyer said. “Every significant decision I’ve made growing up in this profession was with him involved in it. His wife [Jean] and he were the role models for Shelley and me. They did everything with class. He was not afraid to show how much he loved his family and cared for his family.”
Bruce’s family released a statement on Friday morning to announce his death. Bruce had been reportedly battling with Alzheimer’s disease since 2017.
Bruce coached nine seasons at Ohio State from 1979 to 1987, where he led the Buckeyes to an overall record of 81-26-1. Bruce never had a losing season at Ohio State, and led the Buckeyes to a bowl game in his first eight seasons with the program, where they went 5-3.
In addition, Bruce won four Big Ten titles at Ohio State.