Ohio State's Urban Meyer to Retire from Coaching

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer will step down after the Rose Bowl

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer will step down after the Rose Bowl

The university will announce his retirement at a 2 p.m. ET news conference.

Ohio State didn't immediately say why Meyer was stepping down after seven years at Ohio State and an 82-9 record, but the 54-year-old coach has previously cited health concerns. Meyer will coach his last game in the Rose Bowl vs. Washington on January 1, 2019, and be succeeded by offensive coordinator Ryan Day.

Meyer has a 82-9 record during his time in Columbus, went 7-0 against MI and also finishes with a 54-4 record in Big Ten play.

Meyer is 186-32 as a college head coach at Ohio State, Florida, Utah and Bowling Green with three national championships and seven conference championships.

Off the field, however, is a somewhat different story including the more than 30 arrests of players during his six seasons at Florida; to this past season where he was accused of covering up the situation with Smith, an accusation he denies. "His strengths really come in the classroom and to be able to teach you and understand the game plan of what you want to accomplish and why you want to get that accomplished so you're successful". He fired assistant coach Zack Smith in the summer of 2018 when Smith's ex-wife filed a protective order after years of domestic abuse.

For his mishandling of Smith, Meyer was suspended by the university for three games this season, a decision he made clear that he believed was unfair.

Later in the press conference, Cleveland.com's Doug Lesmerises asked Meyer if he's certain he will not coach again.

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One of the primary speculations is a jump to the National Football League for Meyer, who has never coached at the pro level.

In 2018, the Zach Smith stuff happens, Meyer is suspended 4 games, returns to OSU.

"I think Ryan and Dwayne, that's one of the best development jobs I've ever seen", Meyer said before the Big Ten championship last week.

There is plenty of caution - like hiring a guy who has just three games of head coaching experience - but Day's future is as bright as any assistant coach in the nation, so Ohio State just chose to keep him home and turn his future into theirs. The Buckeyes will play in the Rose Bowl against Washington on New Year's Day - Meyer's coaching finale.

"He explained to me privately that he has the health issues and that's the total reason that he's stepping away", Brown said, "but it's time for him to do that, and time to move forward".

Everyone had to chase Meyer, who would win two titles, and that chase led to to the hire of Nick Saban, who arrived in the SEC two years after Meyer got to Florida. But just like at Florida cracks began to emerge at Ohio State. It appeared to be a dream job for the Toledo native and success quickly followed.

Meyer might be retiring so he can distance himself from one of the recent big scandals in college football.

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