Ohio State coach Urban Meyer will retire after Rose Bowl

Ross Houston
December 5, 2018

- Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer is announcing his retirement Tuesday, the school said on Twitter. Meyer will coach his last game in the Rose Bowl vs. Washington on January 1, 2019, and be succeeded by offensive coordinator Ryan Day.

Ohio State will have a news conference at 2 p.m.

He was also battered this year by an offseason issue involving a now-fired assistant coach that led to Meyer's suspension for the first three games of the season.

He says 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.


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. He has three national championships on his resume - one at Ohio State in 2014 and two at Florida in 2006 and 2008 - to go along with two undefeated seasons (2004 at Utah, 2012 at Ohio State).

Meyer, 54, is 82-9 in his seven seasons with the Buckeyes, winning three Big Ten titles, and one national championship in 2014.

Day, like Riley at OU, had completed two seasons as quarterback coach, though Day was not in charge of the Buckeye offense (Kevin Wilson is). This also isn't the first time Meyer has stepped away from coaching. Citing concerns for his health and a desire to be with his family, Meyer resigned but eventually changed his mind and coached one more seasons with the Gators before stepping away in 2011. A marquee win against Ohio State would be a valuable part in the process to restore the conference's credibility.

The 54-year-old Meyer said Gene Smith gave him until Tuesday to reach a decision and he gave him the answer in the morning.


In his 17 seasons as a head coach, Meyer compiled a 186-32 record. And, of course, Meyer beat hated rival MI all seven times he faced them, including the last three with Jim Harbaugh as head coach. He later served as an assistant coach at Illinois State and Colorado State before working at Notre Dame for six years.

Ohio State had a stretch of five straight wins this season, including a rout of archrival MI that gave the Buckeyes another division title and a win over Northwestern for the Big Ten championship. And so when he steps down at Ohio State, this is very different.

Day's contract is set to pay him $4.5 million per year for five years.


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