Former Ohio State football coach Earle Bruce is facing a battle with Alzheimer’s, according to WVTN’s Matt McCoy. Bruce, 86, coached the Buckeyes from 1979-1987.
Prayers to Earle Bruce & his family as Coach Bruce battles the early stages of Alzheimer's. Earle's passion for Ohio State is unmatched
— Matt McCoy (@MattMcCoyWTVN) August 25, 2017
The Buckeyes won four Big Ten titles under Bruce’s watch, and they went 81-26-1 during his tenure. Bruce, a College Football Hall of Fame inductee, was named the American Football Writers Association and Big Ten Coach of the Year in 1979 when Ohio State went 11-1 and reached the Rose Bowl.
Bruce played for the Buckeyes as a fullback in the 1951 season before an injury cut his career short. He began his coaching career two years later and spent 13 years coaching high school football in Ohio before joining the Buckeyes staff as an assistant in 1966. He also held college head coaching jobs at Iowa State, Northern Iowa and Colorado State.
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