There is another chapter to Myles Traveled, one that some of you may not yet know, and that is still being written. Now that chapter is coming together it is time to share it.
About 14 months ago, the week of OSU’s big win over Wisconsin for the Big ten Championship, Coach Myles was driving to practice. A lady following saw his car swerve up into the grass and hit a tree. Bill was having a stroke. By the grace of God, the lady called the squad, they got Bill to the OSU medical Center, and in the critical window of time, the OSU doctors were able to go in through Bill’s leg and remove a one inch blood clot from Bill’s brain. But for Ohio State! (As Bill says about the size of that blood clot, “This is Ohio State, we do everything big!”)
The entire ordeal is explained in Bill Livingston’s touching column: “OSU Assistant Bill Myles and the Road Back.”
The road back for Coach Myles has been long. He came out of the operation not able to talk, swallow, use his hand, nor walk. But with the good work of the therapists at OSU’s legendary Dodd Hall, and hours and hours of physical therapy and rehab, and prayers by all of those whose lives Bill has touched, Coach has made fantastic progress in his recovery. For those that know Bill, we wouldn’t have expected anything less.
This week was a big milestone on that recovery road, when I took Bill to speak at a Black History Month event. I will describe the thrill of that in my next post.