On Tuesday night, Mack Brown announced that former Ohio quarterback and Texas associate athletic director Cleve Bryant passed away.
“Saddened to learn of the passing of our dear friend Cleve Bryant. Our deepest condolences go out to his wife Jean, their children and all of Cleve’s family and friends. We miss you already. Rest easy, my friend,” Brown said.
Bryant played at Ohio from 1965 to 1969. He then started his coaching career at Miami (OH) in 1977.
Over the next two decades, Bryant had coaching stints at North Carolina, Ohio, Illinois and Texans. He even spent time on the Patriots’ coaching staff.
The football world is understandably heartbroken about Bryant’s passing.
Breon Hoosier tweeted, “Blessed to have been able to meet and coach with Cleve. You will be missed.”
“Coach Bryant was my guy,” Steve Barrows said. “This one hurts! Much love to Jean and the family!”
“One of the great interviews @authorjeff and I did for THE SYSTEM,” Armen Keteyian said. “Cleve shed new light on the roles, as in plural, of the Directors of Football Operation. We called the chapter The Janitor, Cleve’s word. Easy to understand why. A good man.”
Bryant was 75 years old.
Our thoughts are with Bryant’s loved ones at this time.