John Cooper was known for his great recruiting classes and his success as a head coach at Tulsa (1977-84), Arizona State (1985-87), and Ohio State (1988-2000) going 192-84-6 during his career.
The former Buckeyes head coach was one of two former head coaches (Lou Holtz) and 13 former college greats named for college football's ultimate shrine "The College Football Hall of Fame".
During his coaching career Coach Cooper won 9 Conference Championships, earned 14 bowl berths, and coached 20 First Team All-Americans and 7 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athletes.
Coach Cooper is also the first coach in college football history to have lead both a Big Ten and a Pac-10 team to victories in the Rose Bowl, he also ranks second only to Buckeye coaching legend Woody Hayes in all-time wins at Ohio State.
A native of Tennessee and former player at Iowa State, John Cooper coached some of the games greatest players during his time at Ohio State and now serves as a college football analyst for ESPN.