Current Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer and former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel will be among the speakers at Earle Bruce's celebration of life at St. John Arena on Wednesday.
Meyer, who was a graduate assistant for Bruce in 1986 and 1987 and has looked up to Bruce as a mentor ever since, and Tressel, who was an assistant coach for Bruce at Ohio State from 1983 to 1985, are both scheduled to speak at Wednesday's event honoring Bruce, Ohio State's football coach from 1979 to 1987, who died Friday at the age of 87.
Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith, Bruce's grandson, and Ohio State running backs coach Tony Alford, who played for Bruce at Colorado State, will also speak Wednesday. 10TV anchor Dom Tiberi will emcee Wednesday's celebration, while WTVN's Matt McCoy – who worked alongside Bruce for 23 years during Bruce's years as a radio analyst – will also speak at Wednesday's event.
Former Ohio State safety William White, who played for Bruce from 1983-87, will deliver the invocation.
Wednesday's celebration begins at 10:30 a.m., is scheduled to last approximately one hour and is open to the general public. Parking will be free in the North St. John Arena lots and the North Riverbank lots.
Bruce's family members will be leaving St. John immediately following the celebration to receive friends and family from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Schoedinger Worthington Chapel at 6699 N. High St. in Columbus. Services and burial for family, close friends, former players and coaches will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church at 5475 Brand Road in Dublin.