Since taking over Ohio State, Meyer has gone 82-9 (54-4) with a national championship in 2014, an undefeated season in 2012 and three more conference titles.
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer is retiring.
The why of it was evident-health, and perhaps the scandal of this season-and Ohio State quickly made the how of it clear: Ryan Day, the offensive coordinator who coached the team during Meyer's September suspension, will be promoted. Only 18 FBS coaches have more than 200 wins and Meyer can tie Jess Neely at No. 27 on the list with an Ohio State win over Washington in the Rose Bowl.
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. Meyer said his decision had to come before the December 19 signing day. But both the coach and his university were criticized earlier this year for their response to domestic abuse allegations against longtime assistant Zach Smith by his ex-wife, Courtney Smith.
Meyer is third on the list behind Rockne and Leahy among coaches who have coached for at least 10 seasons.
Brown says Meyer "explained to me that he has the health issues and that's totally the reason he's stepping away, and it's time for him to do that". The Buckeyes also won the Big Ten championship this season, beating Northwestern on Saturday. North Carolina State coach Urban Meyer. He's just one of 16 coaches with three or more national championships.
No further details about the decision to retire were immediately available. I think his ego took such a hit and his arrogance is so enormous that he made the decision to leave right after the suspension. His 186 wins are the most through 17 seasons in major college football history and his winning percentage (.853) is the highest. It is a game Ohio State has won 14 of the last 15 times. Not every coach fits perfectly into every situation, though Meyer could probably fit anywhere.
First, if Meyer does come back, it's going to have to be a flawless fit with the potential for him to turn it into a national title contender. Think of everything that had to happen for Meyer to end up at Ohio State. It appeared to be a dream job for the Toledo native and success quickly followed. I had a really good session with our players about how they felt about Ryan Day and over the last month I did my own assessment of that, talking to support staff. I wouldn't be surprised to see him stay within the Ohio State community, stay within the athletic department in some capacity. Meyer has about $38 million left on his contract.
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