Joining an exclusive list that includes legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus, Columbus native Buster Douglas, aka the only man to knock out Mike Tyson, and the great Woody Hayes, former Ohio State head coach (and Urban Meyer mentor) Earle Bruce will dot the i before Saturday’s homecoming game against Rutgers. 610 WTVN, who Bruce has done work for, first reported the news.
The distinguished list of non-The Best Damn Band in the Land sousaphone players to receive the honor includes the aforementioned along with Bob Hope, former OSU presidents Novice Fawcett and E. Gordon Gee, composer Dick Heine, Ann Drose, the wife of former TBDBITL director Paul Droste, former Ohio State ticket director Robert Ries, and astronaut John Glenn and his wife Annie. Long time Ohio State band director Jon Woods as well as booster Les Wexner also received the honor.
If you can’t make it to Ohio Stadium to see Bruce honored, there’s a decent chance the Big Ten Network will have you covered. The game airs Saturday at noon on BTN. According to WTVN, it’s expected Bruce will perform the dotting pre-game.