We had an outstanding group of candidates from which to chooseCooper takes over Tenn. State basketball Mar 27, 2009
It's more stable and the people have faith in, and a vision for, the futureBritish commander praises Iraq efforts Feb 16, 2009
This is a great opportunity for me to keep my hand in the game and hopefully to add something to the BengalsEx-Ohio St. coach joins Bengals Feb 28, 2002
We didn't play well down there last season so this is a chance for us to hopefully redeem ourselvesOutback Bowl: Ohio St. vs. South Car. Dec 31, 2001
John Cooper (born July 2, 1937) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at the University of Tulsa (1977–1984), Arizona State University (1985–1987), and Ohio State University (1988–2000), compiling a career record of 192–84–6. Cooper was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2008.
Cooper grew up in the Knoxville suburb of Powell, Tennessee and joined the United States Army after high school. After serving for two years, he enrolled at Iowa State University where he played football for four years eventually becoming team captain and MVP.
Cooper spent time as an assistant coach at Iowa State, Oregon State, UCLA, Kansas, and Kentucky. In 1977, he was named the head football coach at the University of Tulsa. At Tulsa, he compiled a 57–31 record with five Missouri Valley Conference titles. He became the head coach at Arizona State in 1985 where his teams played in three consecutive bowl games, including the 1987 Rose Bowl, during his three-year tenure. Notably, he was just 0–2–1 against arch-rival Arizona. He accepted the job as head coach at Ohio State on December 31, 1987. It is rumored that he became the front-runner for the head coaching position at Ohio State because of his 1987 Rose Bowl victory over Michigan.