Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Urban Meyer To Retire As Ohio State Coach

Urban Meyer To Retire As Ohio State Coach

Meyer steps down with one of the best winning percentages in the history of college football.

Ohio State announced Urban Meyer is retiring after the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual and offensive coordinator Ryan Day will take over as head coach in a permanent role.

It's also no secret that Meyer is dealing with health issues, so when he hangs it up following his last game on the sidelines for the Buckeyes, he's hanging it up for good. But that immediately drew skepticism, along with questions about how long Meyer had known about the accusations - and whether he had reported them, as required by Title IX.

Urban Meyer coaches the Utes on a snowy day in Provo against BYU at Lavell Edwards Stadium 11/22/2003
Urban Meyer coaches the Utes on a snowy day in Provo against BYU at Lavell Edwards Stadium 11/22/2003

Day had somewhat of an audition as temporary head coach to begin the season, when Meyer was suspended three games for mishandling the employment of former wide receivers coach Zach Smith. But ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit - also a former Buckeye quarterback - predicted that Meyer's done coaching.

He's 54, still relatively young, and though the arachnoid cyst on his brain seemed to be exhibiting painful symptoms this season, the condition isn't something life threatening-and, more crucially, those symptoms will likely subside with some minimal medical intervention.

Is this it for Urban Meyer as a coach?

The university announced the move Tuesday. "We came close a few times". Sports indicated Meyer's final game will be the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day. But because of NCAA sanctions that had been placed during the previous coach's term, Ohio State was unable to compete for the conference title. Perhaps just as important as all of that, Meyer never lost to MI. He said in August, and Ohio State's medical staff confirmed, debilitating headaches are impacting him daily.

"Every coach who ever put a whistle around his neck dreams of being a coach at the Ohio State University", Day told reporters.

Earlier this season, Meyer addressed some of the retirement rumors and said he planned on coaching beyond this season at Ohio State.

Meyer owns an 85-9 record in seven seasons with the Buckeyes. He lost star defensive end Nick Bosa to an early season-ending injury, and the Buckeyes' defense never fully recovered.

Here's a look at Meyer's career vs. Penn State.

"I plan on coaching", he said on October 29. That led to Florida's worst season under Meyer, a 8-5 (4-4 SEC) mark in 2010. Those 17 prospects made up the smallest class Meyer signed in all of his 15 years between Utah, Florida and Ohio State. Meyer has about $38 million left on his contract.

Meyer previously stepped down as head coach at Florida for health reasons.

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