WATCH: Earle Bruce dots the "i" before the Ohio State-Rutgers game

Earle Bruce Dots The "I"
Earle Bruce dots the "i"
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Former Ohio State football coach Earle Bruce took his place in one of the most memorable traditions in college athletics Saturday.

Bruce dotted the “i” in Script Ohio Saturday before the Ohio State-Rutgers homecoming game, joining the likes of Woody Hayes, Bob Hope and Jack Nicklaus.

“I never thought this would happen to me,” Bruce said just moments after coming off the field. “Oh, this is everything.”

Bruce was recognized for his service to the university and for his longtime support of its Marching Band, according to the Ohio State University.

“I declared myself as a band member in 1949 in this stadium right over there,” said Bruce pointing to the old OSU football stadium.

The recognition, considered the greatest the band can extend to a non-member, is being presented by the “i-dotters” — the senior sousaphone members of the Ohio State Marching Band.

“It was great seeing a legend coach actually get the opportunity to dot the “i”,” said Scott Lichtenstein, a fan who watched the tradition from the stands. “I was here when Jack Nicklaus did it so they don't do it too often. So it was great to someone honored like that.”

Bruce was the head coach at Ohio State for nine season and compiled a 5-4 record against Michigan.

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