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Urban Meyer To Retire Following Rose Bowl

Urban Meyer To Retire Following Rose Bowl

Meyer went 82-9 in his seven seasons as Ohio State coach, including a 54-4 Big Ten record.

The Ryan that Meyer mentioned is offensive coordinator Ryan Day, who takes over as Ohio State's coach on January 2 after the Rose Bowl.

Meyer, who has generally received positive press, particularly from ESPN, for whom he worked for a year as an analyst, found himself the subject of a series of ugly headlines earlier this season over his handling of assistant coach Zach Smith, the grandson of Earle Bruce, a former Ohio State coach and a mentor of Meyer.

He has been dealing with an arachnoidal cyst inside his skull since first diagnosed in 1998, and which flared up again in the middle of this season causing severe headaches at times.

His final game with the Buckeyes will come at the Rose Bowl, a game he has never coached before.

Meyer is 82-9 at in seven seasons at Ohio State, with a 7-0 record against MI and three Big Ten titles. Much like Meyer's health concerns about his heart were real in the past, there remains a pocket of college football fans who don't believe it and they think Meyer will be back on the sideline in the future.

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Meyer recorded his second ideal 12-0 season.

Meyer has piled up wins at Ohio State after a similar run over six years at Florida that included two national championships. Day is seen as a popular and capable heir apparent. Sports reported that Ohio State plans to keep strength coach Mickey Marotti, director of operations Brian Voltolini, personnel director Mark Pantoni and player development director Ryan Stamper. Other than serving as interim head coach when Meyer was suspended at the start of the season, Day has no head coaching experience. According to Rivals, Ohio State had the nation's No. 2 recruiting class in 2018, while UK's ranked 30th. He coached wide receivers in 1987. "What Urban Meyer has built and set in motion at Ohio State is still intact". Two years later he won his third national title by leading the Buckeyes in the first-ever College Football Playoffs.

Of course, we won't be surprised if Meyer tells the world he wants to spend more time with his family.

Lesmerises asked if he was fairly certain, "I am certain yes, Meyer said".

He started his head-coaching career at Bowling Green in 2001 and moved on to Utah two seasons later before taking the Florida job in 2005 and rocketing to the top of the college football coaching ranks, a peer of Alabama coach Nick Saban, victor of six national championships.