Urban Meyer stepping away from Ohio State should come as no surprise

Why Ryan Day was Ohio State’s choice to succeed Urban Meyer and the challenges that await

Why Ryan Day was Ohio State’s choice to succeed Urban Meyer and the challenges that await

Urban Meyer will step down as Ohio State's football coach after the Buckeyes take on Washington in the Rose Bowl on January 1, the school announced Tuesday. Meyer plans to coach in the team's bowl game against Washington and then offensive coordinator Ryan Day will become the team's next head coach.

The university will announce his retirement at a 2 p.m. ET news conference.

"No disrespect to the other bowl games, because they're awesome, but the Rose is the one we've always looked forward to", Meyer said. In 2014, Meyer had brain surgery to address a congenital arachnoid cyst, but he still deals with occasional painful headaches.

When asked if his stint as head coach of the Buckeyes will be the last of his career, Meyer said the question was "complicated".

According to sources, strength coach Mickey Marotti, personnel director Mark Pantoni, director of operations Brian Voltolini and player development director Ryan Stamper will all return to Ohio State under Day. He's just one of 16 coaches with three or more national championships.

Urban Meyer has chose to walk away from coaching, ending his tenure at Ohio State after seven seasons.

Less than a year later, he was hired at Ohio State.

"I am truly honored to be here today and am so appreciative to President Drake and Gene Smith for the faith they have in me to lead this team", Day said.

"I don't see him coaching again".

Meyer owns an 85-9 record in seven seasons with the Buckeyes. After spending some time at Florida, Meyer resigned, citing he wanted more time with his family and had recently suffered a health scare.

In his 17 seasons as a head coach, Meyer compiled a 186-32 record. In 2018, he was placed on leave due to an investigation into one of the assistant coach's domestic abuse allegations.

He added that conversations about how long he could coach at Ohio State began in 2014 and got more serious previous year as his condition continued. After stepping down at Florida because of stress-related health concerns, he took the Ohio State job before the 2012 season after Jim Tressel was forced out for lying to the NCAA amid a memorabilia-for-tattoos scandal.

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. Meyer has about $38 million left on his contract. Afterward, he served as an assistant coach for more than a decade before finally landing a head coaching position at Bowling Green.

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