Ohio State will honor late head coach Earle Bruce with a memorial service Wednesday morning. We knew it would feature eulogies from former head coach Jim Tressel and current head coach Urban Meyer, who both worked under Bruce as assistants.
Now, we have our first look at the program. It features a lengthy bio on Bruce, which includes information on his post-coaching endeavors.
Bruce had a welcomed and much-in-demand presence around the Ohio State campus, the football program and the Columbus community upon his retirement from coaching in 1995, after a Hall of Fame career that included 21 years as a collegiate head coach and 45 years in the coaching profession.
Bruce spoke many times at the Ohio State tradition of senior tackle, held before the last regular season game of the season, vs. Michigan. He never failed to get a team fired up for the greatest rivalry in all of sports. Bruce’s teams were 5-4 against Michigan, including a 23-20 victory in Ann Arbor on Nov. 21, 1987 in the last game he coached as a Buckeye.
Bruce, and his late wife of 56 years, Jean, worked diligently raising funds for Alzheimer’s research. And their work has resulted in more than $1 million being raised for The Earle and Jean Bruce Alzheimer’s Research Fund in Neurology at Ohio State.
The full program can be seen below, which features iconic photos of Bruce and a list of processions that include Hang On Sloopy and Carmen Ohio.
Wednesday's ceremony, which begins at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Arena, will be broadcast live on BTN.