"Earle Bruce was a winner at every stop in his coaching career, but obviously what he did at Iowa State is special to generations of Cyclone fans," Van De Velde said. "It will be a special moment for all of us."
Bruce coached Iowa State to a trio of eight-win seasons in 1976-77-78. He took his ISU teams to the Peach Bowl in 1977 and the Hall of Fame Bowl in 1978. His 1976 Cyclone team, considered one of the best in school history, was second in the nation in total offense. Bruce fashioned a 36-32 record as Iowa State head coach from 1973 to 1978.
Bruce left Ames for nine seasons at Ohio State, where his Buckeye teams had eight seasons with at least nine victories, eight postseason appearances and at least a share of four Big Ten Conference championships. Stints at Northern Iowa and Colorado State followed, including a 1990 CSU team that was the winningest in school history (9-4) and made the program's first trip to the postseason in 42 years with a victory in the Freedom Bowl.
In all, Bruce posted an overall record of 154-90-2 (.630) in 21 years as a head coach, including terms at Tampa, Iowa State, Ohio State, Northern Iowa and Colorado State.