Urban Meyer retiring as coach of Ohio State


Meyer will step down after the Rose Bowl on January 1, the university confirmed Tuesday.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer will retire after the Rose Bowl, the university announced.

Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day will take over as the Buckeyes' head coach, beginning January 2.

Ohio State says Meyer's last game before retirement will be the Rose Bowl on January 1. 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.

It is expected that Meyer will cite his health as the reason for his departure. News conference at 2 p.m. today in Columbus.

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But perhaps most important to Ohio State fans, Meyer is a flawless 7-0 against rival MI.

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. Meyer ultimately was suspended for the Buckeyes' summer program and the first three games of the 2018 season. He's a second-year Ohio State assistant who had never before been a head coach.

His time at Ohio State wasn't without controversy.

Ohio State faces Washington in the Rose Bowl on January 1 in Pasadena, California.

Meyer, who is 54, previously stepped away to deal with his health at Florida, only to return. The team was 3-0 under him to start the 2018 season.