Urban Meyer stepping down at Ohio State, Ryan Day to take over


Urban Meyer announced his retirement from Ohio State on Tuesday, and the Buckeyes embraced the Oklahoma model to carry on as a college football juggernaut.

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. He also says knowing assistant coach Ryan Day would be his successor made the decision easier.

As Urban Meyer walked off the field after Ohio State routed MI, he was pondering his future and when to make a decision about when to call it quits. The Buckeyes will play in the Rose Bowl against Washington on New Year's Day - Meyer's coaching finale.

Haskins, one of three quarterbacks named as the finalists for this year's Heisman Trophy, was the brightest spot in a weird season for Ohio State, which posted the FBS's No. 8 scoring offense.

In October, the 54-year-old, who suffers from headaches caused by a cyst in his brain, opened up about his health problems. And because he's an OH native and popular figure in the state, it only makes sense to project Meyer having interest in the open Cleveland Browns position. And though this year's unit struggled more across the board than others of the past few seasons, a trend seems to be developing: Defensively, the Buckeyes look unprepared for teams they should beat on paper nine times out of 10. The two men met and Smith told Meyer "he would pull the plug on this thing" if Meyer wanted to continue as coach, but Meyer said that he wished to resign. He later moved on to coach at Florida, and won his first national championship with the Gators in 2006.

Brown said he loves and admires Meyer, and will miss him in coaching.

Ryan Day, who now is Ohio State's offensive coordinator, will take over as the Buckeyes' head coach starting January 2.

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Meyer, who repeatedly called Columbus his home, will still be involved in recruiting.

Even before that, Mike Freeman, a columnist for the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, referred to Meyer as "Urban Liar" because of his penchant for bending the truth. Yes, the Buckeyes exploited the Wolverines' elite defense in The Game, but that doesn't take away from the strides MI has made.

Smith was a sophomore football player at Notre Dame when Ara Parseghian left coaching at the age of 51 and never returned.

Only a school with legitimate national championship aspirations could entice Meyer.

Still, there is a great deal of skepticism that Meyer's time on the sideline will be coming to an end. "His strengths really come in the classroom and to be able to teach you and understand the game plan of what you want to accomplish and why you want to get that accomplished so you're successful".

Ohio State had a stretch of five straight wins this season, including a rout of archrival MI that gave the Buckeyes another division title and a win over Northwestern for the Big Ten championship. He was slated to earn $7.6 million in 2018, making him the one of the highest paid coaches in the nation.