Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to retire after Rose Bowl

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to retire after Rose Bowl

Urban Meyer, 54, has retired as the head coach at Ohio State where he was 82-9 in seven seasons and won the National Championship in 2014.

After seven years and a national championship at Ohio State, the 54-year-old Meyer will formally announce his departure today at a news conference. Gene Smith alluded to his continued involvement in the team, while Day said his door would always be open to the former coach. However, his time on the sidelines is ending on January 1, 2019, after he coaches the Buckeyes in the Rose Bowl.

Meyer didn't lose his first regular season conference game until his fourth year at Ohio State. "He was the most upfront coach that we had contact with, saying that if I worked hard I could earn a spot and how I needed to work for what I wanted there". Investigators said they found Meyer protected the ex-wide receivers coach for years during allegations of domestic violence, a drug problem and poor job performance.

The university suspended Meyer two days before training camp in August when Smith's ex-wife, Courtney Smith, accused Meyer and others within the football program during an interview with Stadium of turning a blind eye to accusations of abuse she made against her ex-husband.

"I believe I will not coach again", he added that he was fairly certain in that response. Day spent three games as head coach to start the season, winning all three. "He was directly responsible for my son coming to Ohio State".

"It was interesting because I've never had him as a head coach, so my first thought was, 'I wonder how this will work out?' but I definitely think he can do it", Murphy said when Day was named interim earlier this year. Ohio State appointed a special group to investigate the situation, and after several weeks determined that Meyer had not acted properly in keeping Smith on staff despite a history of troubling behavior and did not represent the school well when he failed to tell the truth while answering questions about Smith's past during Big Ten media days in late July. A March 2018 analysis by ESPN found that college football or basketball coaches earned the top salary among public employees in 39 of the 50 states. He also won two national titles as head coach of the Florida Gators from 2005 to 2010. He also led Utah in 2004 and Ohio State in 2012 to undefeated seasons. It appeared to be a dream job for the Toledo native and success quickly followed. He earned close to $6 million in 2017 before the school extended his contract and gave him a raise.

He started his head-coaching career at Bowling Green in 2001 and moved on to Utah two seasons later before taking the Florida job in 2005 and rocketing to the top of the college football coaching ranks, a peer of Alabama coach Nick Saban, victor of six national championships.

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