Reaction to the death of Bob Dove:
Joe Malmisur, former YSU athletic director: "The people most critical to the growth of YSU are Dike Beede, Dom Rosselli, Jim Tressel and Bob Dove, not in any particular order. He will be sorely missed by all of us. He was unbelievably well-networked. If you had to call someone from Notre Dame or Tumbuktoo, he knew ... and we used him. He became my scheduling coordinator. He was our first hero in the '40s. During their senior [college] seasons, he and Frank Sinkwich won the highest awards. He was undoubtedly the surest footed man I've ever known. When he said something he stepped in that direction and you could count on it. He really was a remarkable athlete, his pro career was outstanding. I don't know too many people who played in championship games in the NFL and college. YSU and the city of Youngstown are indeed fortunate to have known Bob Dove."
Mike Pavlansky, Canfield High football coach: "When Bob's grandson Tim Dewberry played for us [2000-02], I think those were three of the happiest years for Bob and his daughter Nancy, who teaches English at Canfield High. The family showed themselves to be very caring, where somebody will always be in your corner and willing to help out. Athletics played a large part of their daily life, but not more than academics."
Greg Gulas, former YSU sports information director: "My time with Bob Dove was both as a student and with the athletic department. The one quality that Bob Dove had was that he was a very caring coach and a person. It didn't matter if you played football or another sport, if you needed help he was there for you. He coached the offensive line, and they played like their coach, imposing and tough.
Phil Annarella, Niles High football coach: "What a great, great guy -- he was as real and down to Earth as you can get. Bob Dove was a fine reflection of the Valley and everything it stood for back in his era. When I was coaching at Warren Western Reserve, he was always in the school seeking recruits. He would talk football with you anytime, any place, anywhere. At the clinics when Bill Narduzzi was coach, it was such a joy to sit around and hear him tell the old war stories. Those were probably better than any of the X's and O's that were presented."
Vindicator staff report