Earle Bruce Recovering From Stroke

Legendary Ohio State head coach Earle Bruce suffered a stroke recently, though his daughter, Lynn, said today that he's doing well.

Lynn Bruce, the daughter of College Football Hall of Fame coach Earle Bruce, confirmed to WTVN Radio on Thursday morning that the longtime Ohio State mentor and analyst suffered a mild stroke three weeks ago.

Bruce, 84, has been a prominent member of the Ohio State family since arriving as a recruit out of Cumberland, Md., in 1950. He coached under Woody Hayes and then took over for his mentor in 1979 after stints as a head coach at Tampa and Iowa State. He led the Buckeyes to a perfect regular season in 1979 and added Big Ten titles in 1981, '84 and '86 while accumulating an 81-26-1 record as the Buckeyes' head coach.

Bruce was controversially let go the week of the Michigan game during 1987 with the Buckeyes holding a 5-4-1 record. Donning the famous "EARLE" headbands, the Buckeyes then upset the Wolverines to send Bruce out a winner.

He went on to become the head coach at Northern Iowa and Colorado State and also served as an Arena Football coach, but Bruce has always returned to Columbus. In recent years, he has been a popular presence on WTVN's airwaves as a football expert during the station's pregame and postgame coverage, and his popular "Beat Michigan Tailgate" takes place the day before every home Michigan game.

In addition, Bruce has been a constant presence around the Ohio State facility both under Jim Tressel and Urban Meyer, the coach he hired as a graduate assistant in 1986 who now leads the Buckeyes and considers Bruce his mentor.

"My relationship with him is extremely close, second only to my father," Meyer said upon his hiring in 2011. "Every step of my career, every part of my family life, Coach Bruce has always been there."

Bruce's status as a WTVN analyst this season remains in doubt, his daughter told the station, but Lynn added that things are going well for the legendary coach.

"He's doing great," she said. "Physically he's doing well and speech-wise he's doing well, but they're working on some cognitive things right now. He's a tough guy, so he'll be back."

For more on his upcoming Athletes for Alzheimer's Radiothon or more on his condition, click here.

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