Bruce is also a quick study. He knows all about Ohio State, which enters today's game ranked No. 2 in both major polls. But he also knows about Marshall.
"I had reservations when I went [to Huntington] and spoke at a clinic,'' Bruce said. "I observed them. But then I went back down [last] Tuesday and watched.
"I don't think they're the Little Sisters of the Poor. They are undersized along the offensive and defensive lines, but I don't know what that means.
"They are small in comparison to Ohio State's lines. But they have talent. I particularly like their tight end [Lee Smith] and two linebackers [Mario Harvey and Kellen Harris].
"I can't watch everything, but they have talented receivers and a steady quarterback [Brian Anderson].''
Bruce remembers the last time MU played in Columbus back in 2004. It took a 55-yard field goal from Mike Nugent for the then-No. 9 Buckeyes to win by 24-21.
"How the [MU] team will play at the Horseshoe, I don't know,'' said the former coach. "If they play like they did a few years ago, it will be a game.''
Bruce, by the way, does a little radio work in Columbus these days. He works one of the pre- and post-game shows. He works a call-in show on Thursdays. Also, he's dipped into the health-care profession via Buckeye Home Care.
He remains a Buckeye. But he'll have his eye on MU's staff and his grandson tonight.
"It's a tremendously interesting coaching staff [at MU],'' Bruce said. "Coach Holliday has been known for recruiting, but he seems knowledgeable and able to lead his troops down the field.''
He's hoping Smith will, some day, be able to as well.