For only the second time in history, a former Ohio State coach will dot the “i” when the Ohio State Marching Band plays “Script Ohio” before the Buckeyes’ homecoming game against Rutgers on Saturday. The game is set for a noon kickoff on the Big Ten Network.
Matt McCoy of 610 WTVN in Columbus, Ohio., reported that Earle Bruce, who coached the Buckeyes from 1979-1987, will dot the “i” and join legendary company in doing so.
He joins a small group of non-band members including golfer Jack Nicklaus, boxer James “Buster” Douglas, as well as Woody Hayes, the only other coach to ever have the honor.
Bruce is an honorary member of the marching band and, in McCoy’s story, said he was “floored” that he got asked to partake.
“I’m a football coach and I love the football band, but I never expected to be recognized,” Bruce told McCoy. “I’m just a rookie…I just want to go and be peppy and keep in step.”
Bruce also played football at Ohio State starting as a freshman in 1950, but injuries ended his career early.
He won a national championship as an assistant with Hayes and then took over when Hayes was fired. According to the story, Bruce had hired current Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer as an assistant in 1986.
Bruce had a long coaching career for various high schools, colleges and other teams spanning from 1953-2004 and now currently serves as an analyst for 610 WTVN.