Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer to announce retirement

Hope Soto
December 5, 2018

Ryan Day now becomes the latest Ohio State head coach to follow a legend.

A news conference was scheduled for later Tuesday during which Meyer will formally announce his retirement and co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day would be named the program's 25th head coach. "His legacy to him is everything".

Meyer has piled up wins at Ohio State after a similar run over six years at Florida that included two national championships.

The 54-year-old Meyer won the 2014 national championship with the Buckeyes and had led Florida to two BCS titles before coming to Columbus. Michigan's Jim Harbaugh lost four conference games in 2017 alone.

The school, which was already embroiled in separate scandals involving alleged sex abuse by a now-deceased athletics doctor and a diving coach, put Meyer on leave August 1. Asked if he would definitely return to Ohio State next year, he answered, "Yes". He went 3-0 in those games. However, his time on the sidelines is ending on January 1, 2019, after he coaches the Buckeyes in the Rose Bowl. He was mentioned as a candidate for college head-coaching jobs this year but never strongly pursued any.

"I plan on coaching", was Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer's response to retirement rumors on October 29.

Is it a gamble?

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He told the Herald-Leader's Ben Roberts last summer, "A lot of people probably don't care for Urban Meyer". I love Ohio State; I love our players.

"I dreamt of it", Meyer said Sunday. Big college football programs pay big bucks for that kind of success, and Ohio State is no exception. This wasn't a surprise to OSU. The stress involved in coaching exacerbates the headaches he experiences. Ohio State will officially name Day as the permanent replacement on Tuesday. Day coached the team in Meyer's absence.

Things are about to get much more serious, however, as imagination turns to reality.

The unit's finest performance came when it needed it most. I like coach Day, so that is good that they are not going outside to hire a new coach. Now that this is his boat, he'll be the one at the wheel. With or without Meyer to contend with, that's not likely to change.

If the foundation is solid, however, then the transition can be made easier.

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

While the defense struggled, Day's offense was breaking records left and right, including the Big Ten single-season passing touchdown record, which quarterback Dwayne Haskins took from former Purdue QB Drew Brees.

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