Earle Bruce Ohio State Celebrates Life Of Former Football Coach Earle Bruce By Adora Namigadde • Apr 25, 2018 Adora Namigadde / WOSU The Ohio State University hosted a ceremony to honor former football coach Earle Bruce at St. John Arena this morning. Bruce died in his Powell home on April 20 at age 87. He had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Former Ohio State Football Coach Earle Bruce Dies At 87 By Steve Brown • Apr 20, 2018 Robert Kozloff / AP Ohio State University says former football coach Earle Bruce has died. Bruce, 87, had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.