Urban Meyer Retiring As Ohio State Football Coach

Ross Houston
December 4, 2018

This had been talked about since the beginning of the season, in the wake of Meyer's 3-game suspension and the recent diagnosis of the worsening of a cyst on Meyer's brain that causes painful headaches.

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.


A detailed report issued by an investigative committee left a lasting stain, detailing behavior by Meyer that could easily have taken down a coach of lesser stature. A year later, he actually resigned, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.

Meyer is coming off back-to-back Big Ten championships and is heading into a January 1 Rose Bowl matchup against Washington.


Meyer said he knew about the accusations against Smith - grandson of former Ohio State coach Earle Bruce - but wasn't sure they were true and kept Smith on his staff because no criminal charges were filed.

Meyer had a wildly successful run in Columbus, which he looks to culminate with a Rose Bowl victory. He has gone 81-9 in seven seasons at OSU, and 185-32 overall including stops for two years at Bowling Green, two at Utah and six at Florida. Perhaps just as important as all of that, Meyer never lost to MI. Meyer came under fire for his response - or lack thereof - in regards to allegations of domestic abuse against one of his assistant coaches. Day coached the team in Meyer's absence. CFT had caught wind of speculation that it wouldn't be surprising at all if Meyer were not the Buckeyes' head coach next season, whispers that grew a little louder given the embarrassing loss in West Lafayette this and what some have described as Meyer's "anguished... emotional... erratic" sideline demeanor.


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