Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer to retire after Rose Bowl

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer to retire after Rose Bowl

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.

Meyer brought an SEC style program to Ohio State and went 54-4 in the Big Ten in seven seasons. 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 was 81-9 with a national championship at Ohio State after six years at Florida, where he won two national titles. He has three national championships on his resume - one at Ohio State in 2014 and two at Florida in 2006 and 2008 - to go along with two undefeated seasons (2004 at Utah, 2012 at Ohio State). "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". Meyer will depart OSU after a season in which he was suspended for three games over his handling of domestic abuse allegations against an assistant coach.

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

As NPR's James Doubek reported, "Meyer fired Zach Smith, an assistant coach, on July 23 after learning of reports that".

Meyer insisted he was going to coach beyond 2018 but more recently he had been noncommittal on his coaching future.

Meyer cited health issues after that SEC title game loss to Saban, but eventually chose to stay for another year, his worst in major college coaching as the Gators went 8-5 overall, 4-4 in the SEC. He's a second-year Ohio State assistant who had never before been a head coach. The Buckeyes will play in the Rose Bowl against Washington on New Year's Day, which will serve as Meyer's coaching finale.

Then a year later he headed to Ohio State.

Day had the advantage of being at Ohio State already, but that also shouldn't disqualify him from the job. It's obvious, it's been well-publicized about his health issues. 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. It appeared to be a dream job for the Toledo native and success quickly followed.

At the time the Big Ten was a college football wasteland devoid of good programs.

His contract was extended in April by two years through 2022, increasing Meyer's salary to $7.6 million in 2018 with annual 6 percent raises.

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