Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Urban Meyer to retire as Ohio State’s head coach

Urban Meyer to retire as Ohio State’s head coach

Meyer would already be ahead of Neely if he didn't miss the first three games of Ohio State's season in 2018 because of his school-issued suspension.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, a three-time national champion and future College Football Hall of Famer, announced his retirement at a 2 p.m. ET press conference on Tuesday.

Translating that coachspeak, that means Meyer will take some time away from coaching, Ohio State is in great hands with Ryan Day taking over as the head coach, and in a year or two, if his health is improved, he'd return to coaching.

Here is why you should believe him: Meyer's career has been a steady ascent, from Bowling Green for two years to Utah for two years to Florida for six years to Ohio State. The 54-year-old, who has an arachnoid cyst in his brain that causes severe headaches, will step down after he coaches in the Rose Bowl against Washington. His last game will be in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.

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Additionally, Meyer is the only coach to win two national championships at Florida and one of only four coaches to win a national title at Ohio State.

The timing of the announcement was based on recruiting, he said; it needed to be announced before the early signing period opens December 19. Or is Meyer done in coaching for good?

Meyer shocked college football by resigning at Florida after five seasons amid what he called stress-related health concerns that came to light when he suffered chest pains following the SEC championship game.

Meyer led the Gators to national championships in 2006 and 2008 and went 13-1 three times at UF (also in 2009).

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The team alternated expected blowout wins with puzzling play that included a pair of one-point wins (Penn State, Maryland) and a closer-than-expected win over a struggling Nebraska team. He also rushed for three touchdowns against Maryland, salvaging one of the Buckeyes' worst defensive performances this season and highlighting exactly how much Ohio State needed him this year. "I want to congratulate Ryan Day and his family". "At each juncture, I gave Zach Smith the benefit of the doubt".

No further details about the decision to retire were immediately available. There was Iowa in 2017 and Purdue and Maryland this year, sloppy performances that cost Ohio State playoff bids. His 186 wins are the most through 17 seasons in major college football history and his winning percentage (.853) is the highest. Meyer won a title in Columbus as well. So does Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith. It appeared to be a dream job for the Toledo native and success quickly followed. Not every coach fits perfectly into every situation, though Meyer could probably fit anywhere.

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

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