Former OSU Head Coach Earle Bruce dots the ‘I’ at homecoming game vs. Rutgers

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Former Head Coach Earle Bruce has one of the most storied careers in Ohio State history and Saturday the university honored that legacy by inviting Bruce to dot the ‘I’ at the homecoming game against Rutgers.

Bruce saw 108 games as head coach, four big ten titles, five bowl wins and even with all that success Bruce was surprised to hear he’d have the privilege of dotting the ‘I’.

‘I never thought it would happen to me,” said Bruce.

Bruce’s family came to celebrate the special day. His grandson, and Ohio State Receivers Coach Zach Smith greeted him with a hug after the big event.

Bruce’s daughter Lynn said her dad’s love for the buckeyes started with the best damn band in the land.

“I had never seen the band before,” said Bruce. “The band marched down the field. I threw my hands in the air and said ‘I’m a buckeye’.”

Bruce says that was 1949 and 67 years later his passion and respect for the marching band is just as high as it was that day.

Bruce is just the second coach to ever dot the ‘I’, following his mentor, Woody Hayes.

Bruce was also recognized at the Skull Session before the game. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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