Earle Bruce resigned Saturday as football Coach at Northern Iowa, citing personal reasons, Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby said.

Bruce had just completed his first year at the Division I-AA school after being dismissed at the end of last season by Ohio State. Bowlsby said Bruce submitted a letter of resignation, catching school officials unprepared.Bruce, 57, a college coach for 16 years, had been one of the candidates mentioned as possible coach at Colorado State.