Urban Meyer out as Ohio St. coach after Rose Bowl

Kristopher Nichols
December 6, 2018

Urban Meyer, who formerly coached the University of Utah football team, will retire as head football coach for Ohio State University after the Rose Bowl. Here's a snapshot of where he stands against head coaches across the top level of college football.

In 2011, Meyer was named the next head coach of Ohio State University.

"I believe I will not coach again", said Meyer, who will have a yet-to-be-determined role at the school.

Operating under the belief that Meyer will return to coaching in the next two years, these are some of the colleges that could potentially be fits for Meyer to get back in the game. There was Iowa in 2017 and Purdue and Maryland this year, sloppy performances that cost Ohio State playoff bids.

Coach Ryan Day now serves as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, according to the school's website.

Day coached the quarterbacks at both National Football League stops. "At each juncture, I gave Zach Smith the benefit of the doubt". He has not yet said of any plans for after retirement. "He is known for getting his guys on the right track, he's always sharp with his reads, he understands the game so well and he's so passionate about it".

Meyer guided Ohio State to the national championship in 2014 after doing so at Florida in 2006 and 2008. Meyer said he is stepping away for health reason, but he also faced heavy criticism this season for his handling of domestic violence allegations against a now-fired assistant coach.

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At a news conference, Meyer said the headaches he suffers from the cyst that he has in his brain became severe last season during Ohio State's game at Penn State and have become a persistent problem this season. He coached wide receivers in 1987.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is explaining his reasoning to retire after the Rose Bowl on January 1. "And so, I think with that in mind, he will be very, very sensitive to what he does and want to try to help Ohio State, Ryan Day and Gene Smith in any capacity that he can". A 2 p.m. news conference has been scheduled. He tweeted Tuesday he is still committed to the Buckeyes. Only three other FBS coaches have a better winning percentage. "He gets his coaching points in, but he doesn't do a lot of yelling".

"Once players know you have that genuine love and care for them, they'll move mountains for you".

Is there a new team to beat in the Big Ten? Day coached the team in Meyer's absence.

Another strength for Day is his understanding of what each player brings in ability and skill.

Less than a year later, he was hired at Ohio State.

Murphy noted that Day was known to be approachable off the field, no matter the conversation. Afterward, he served as an assistant coach for more than a decade before finally landing a head coaching position at Bowling Green.

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