Urban Meyer To Retire As Ohio State Coach

Kristopher Nichols
December 5, 2018

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer will retire at the end of the season following the Rose Bowl against Washington on January 1.

Ohio State has named him its new man. Day will replace a coach that's taken the Buckeyes to a national championship and three Big Ten titles, and will be expected to continue the program's winning tradition, go head-to-head with Jim Harbaugh and regularly compete for more championships.

Meyer had shown obvious effects of being in pain on the sideline this season.

The most recent sports headlines delivered to your inbox every morning. Meyer was given a three-game suspension for his role in the controversy.

Meyer's comfort with the future of the Ohio State program and confidence in Day as his successor played into his decision, according to Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel.

"The thing that really started to make things was recruits started to ask me, 'Will you be here for 4-5 years?' " Meyer said.

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Now after seven years with the Buckeyes Meyer is leaving and I just don't buy he'll stay retired. He has never lost more than two games in any one season with the Buckeyes.

Buckeyes athletic director Gene Smith tweeted in September that Meyer would be the head coach for "quite some time", following a report that linked Day to the job.

Day had the advantage of being at Ohio State already, but that also shouldn't disqualify him from the job. 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.

Shortly before Halloween, Meyer addressed speculation that he could step down at the end of the season, saying he felt fine and definitely would be back next year. There used to be people who thought OSU was above hiring a coach from I-AA as well, but that worked out okay the decade before this one.

"Can you say for sure you'll be back next year at Ohio State?" a reporter followed up.

Meyer, who had a "core values" banner in the locker room demanding his players treat women with respect, apologized to Ohio State fans following word that he would be suspended. First, other programs began to lap at his heels, then the defense fell apart, allowing 49 or more in three of the final six road games of Meyer's tenure - 54 to Iowa previous year, 49 to Purdue, and 51 to Maryland - at the same time that off field issues surrounding Zach Smith surged to the forefront. In April, the university extended it to 2022, upped his salary to $7.6 million with a built-in annual raise of 6%, AP notes.

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