Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Penn State probably won't miss Urban Meyer

Penn State probably won't miss Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer will retire as the head coach at The Ohio State University after the Rose Bowl, with offensive coordinator Ryan Day taking over.

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 on the day Urban Meyer supposedly retired, the first thought that crossed everybody's mind was, "Yeah, right".

In October, the 54-year-old, who suffers from headaches caused by a cyst in his brain, opened up about his health problems.

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

Ohio State's inquiry revealed that Meyer had known about domestic abuse allegations against Smith since at least 2015, when police investigated the case - and when, according to Courtney Smith, she told Meyer's wife about it. Perhaps just as important as all of that, Meyer never lost to MI. And in his last year at Ohio State, he'd gotten a pay bump from $6 million per year to $7.6 million. Will he be looking for a path back to the National Football League as a defensive coordinator, with Meyer gone?

Meyer was suspended for the first three games of this season, and I truly believe that's why he stepped down on Tuesday.

For the most part, recruits have been receptive to Day's ascension to head coach. Day will take over as the 25th coach of the storied program where Meyer won a national title in 2014 after two at Florida (2006, 2008). He has gone 81-9 in seven seasons at OSU, and 185-32 overall including stops for two years at Bowling Green, two at Utah and six at Florida. He lost star defensive end Nick Bosa to an early season-ending injury, and the Buckeyes' defense never fully recovered. I wouldn't be surprised if there's minimal coaching turnover in Columbus this year to ease the transition and offer some continuity for the first-year head coach. Second-guessing is an Olympic sport in Ohio State's fan base.

The three-time national champion skipper's announcement comes two days after Buckeyes fans learned that their squad narrowly missed the four-team College Football Playoff.

Day, in his second season as an Ohio State assistant, said he knows what the expectations of him are.

Day, 39, has had a 15-year coaching career in college football and the NFL but has never been a full-time head coach.

It appeared to be a dream job for the Toledo native.

In April, Ohio State announced Meyer had signed a two-year contract extension that would keep him at the helm through 2022.

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