Urban Meyer stepping down at Ohio State

Urban Meyer stepping down at Ohio State

Urban Meyer stepping down at Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio- Urban Meyer formally announced his retirement from coaching the Ohio State Buckeyes during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

The Buckeyes say Meyer will retire after the Rose Bowl game against Washington on January 1.

Brown, who was hired to coach the Tar Heels last week after spending five years off the field, said Meyer's decision has put things into perspective for him.

Offensive coordinator Ryan Day is expected to take over as Ohio State head coach.

Meyer has been Ohio State's head coach since 2012, amassing an 82-9 record - and never losing to the school's arch-rival, Michigan.

Is this it for Urban Meyer as a coach? "We came close a few times". During a game against IN earlier this year, Meyer dropped to one knee on the sidelines due to the level of discomfort. But because of NCAA sanctions that had been placed during the previous coach's term, Ohio State was unable to compete for the conference title.

Meyer is 82-9 in seven seasons at Ohio State, with a 7-0 record against MI and three Big Ten titles. Perhaps just as important as all of that, Meyer never lost to MI. Losing top pass rusher Nick Bosa early in the season was a blow, but in past years, Ohio State has been able to move on from injuries without missing a beat. He said he planned on coming back to coach in 2019.

The Buckeyes finished the season 12-1, but Meyer was not on the sideline for three games because he was serving a suspension stemming from his handling of domestic violence allegations against one of his former assistants.

I figured that the day Urban Meyer retired would be a happy one for myself as a MI football fan.

A report issued by an investigative committee left a stain, detailing behavior by Meyer that could have taken down a coach of lesser stature.

The program Day inherits has won 85 of the 94 games it has played in Meyer's seven seasons. It will help in recruiting and it could even help on the field as early as next season. It is a game Ohio State has won 14 of the last 15 times. "I support Urban in his desire to step aside as head coach". Asked if he would definitely return to Ohio State next year, he answered, "Yes". That led to Florida's worst season under Meyer, a 8-5 (4-4 SEC) mark in 2010. It appeared to be a dream job for the Toledo native and success quickly followed.

In April, Ohio State announced Meyer had signed a two-year contract extension that would keep him at the helm through 2022. He was the wide receivers coach at Notre Dame from 1996-2000 before moving on to his first head-coaching job, directing Bowling Green from 2001-02 before leaving for the same post at Utah.

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