Ohio State's Urban Meyer to retire

06 December, 2018, 06:02 | Author: Greg Lawrence
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His hiring at Florida in 2005 is viewed as one of the most impactful in college football history.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says it was a series of factors that led to his decision to step down.

Day served as Ohio State's interim head coach for the first three games of the season after Meyer was suspended for mishandling the employment of former assistant coach Zach Smith. My best guess is that Meyer will end up in some kind of advisory position to a program, but I wouldn't rule out another TV gig or full-blown coaching stint. He admitted during the year that a previously-revealed congenital arachnoid cyst on his brain was causing him problems once again - he previously had surgery on it in 2014 - but said that he was managing the pain and planned to coach next year. And, of course, Meyer beat hated rival MI all seven times he faced them, including the last three with Jim Harbaugh as head coach.

And when you really think about it, it was his dishonesty that ultimately led to his "retirement" announcement on Tuesday. The Wolverines came closest in the 2016 class, which was also the year Meyer signed a quarterback out of the DMV by the name of Dwayne Haskins Jr. Day will officially take over after the Rose Bowl on January 2.

It is probably unfair to expect anyone, including Meyer himself, to duplicate what he did in his seven seasons at Ohio State.

Meyer had a wildly successful run in Columbus, which he looks to culminate with a Rose Bowl victory.

Meyer, 54, has won three national titles - two at Florida and one at Ohio State. Perhaps just as important as all of that, Meyer never lost to MI.

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Day, like Riley at OU, had no real connection to Ohio State. Off-the-field issues, including a three-game suspension for mismanagement of an assistant coach accused of domestic violence, had worn on him.

It had been reported in late October that there was "friction" between Meyer/the football staff "and athletics leadership as well as within the program itself"; the head coach subsequently attempted to knock down that report, for what it's worth.

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer is retiring, the school said on Tuesday. Meyer recorded his second flawless 12-0 season. I've written many times he is the most disingenuous coach I've ever covered as a sports writer. He sat out one season before taking over the Buckeyes, where he won a national championship in his third season. Second-guessing is an Olympic sport in Ohio State's fan base. He was forced to address speculation that he would step down and October 29 said he definitely planned to return next season.

It appeared to be a dream job for the Toledo native.

Meyer's salary is $7.6 million in 2018 and he has about $38 million left on his contract.

Day, 39, has had a 15-year coaching career in college football and the NFL but has never been a full-time head coach.


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