CLOSEEarle Bruce, former Ohio State football trainer, dies at 87

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Former Ohio State football trainer Earle Bruce died Friday morning, his daughters showed in a commentary launched through the college.

Bruce received 4 Big Ten titles after taking up for Woody Hayes and used to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002. He used to be 87.

Bruce’s daughter, Lynn, revealed to The Columbus Dispatch in August that her father used to be within the early phases of Alzheimer’s illness.

“He was a great man, a wonderful husband, father and grandfather, and a respected coach to many,” Lynn and her 3 sisters — Michele, Aimee and Noel — stated in a commentary launched Friday morning. “Our family will miss him dearly, but we take solace in the belief that he is in a better place and reunited with his beloved wife, Jean. We thank you for your prayers and good wishes.”

Bruce spent 9 years as trainer of the Buckeyes, guiding them to an 81-26 document and 5 bowl victories. A extremely a success highschool trainer in Ohio, he additionally had school training stints at the University of Tampa, Iowa State, Northern Iowa and Colorado State in a occupation that spanned greater than 4 a long time.

Seattle Seahawks trainer Pete Carroll, Ohio State trainer Urban Meyer and Alabama trainer Nick Saban are some of the present head coaches who labored beneath Bruce at Ohio State early of their careers.

“I’ve made it clear many times that, other than my father, Coach Bruce was the most influential man in my life,” Meyer stated in a commentary launched through the college. “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.”

Contact Tom Schad at tschad@usatoday.com or on Twitter @Tom_Schad.

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