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Urban Meyer to retire as Ohio State’s head coach

05 December 2018, 09:42 | Pamela Mathis

Urban Meyer Retiring As Ohio State Football Coach

Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer to announce retirement

But it will also serve as a consistent reminder for the next few weeks that these are the only Power 5 conference champions left out of the playoff field - and the career finale for Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer, who announced Tuesday that he will retire following the game.

Coach Meyer will be announcing his retirement at an afternoon press conference, and coach Ryan Day will be introduced as head coach.

In addition to the two BCS National Championships and victories in three total BCS bowl appearances, Meyer led Florida to two SEC championships in three appearances and - at one point - a school-record 22-game winning streak. Meyer had been dealing with painful headaches due to a cyst on his brain.

The Buckeyes finished the season 12-1, but Meyer was not on the sideline for three games because he was serving a suspension stemming from his handling of domestic violence allegations against one of his former assistants.

Meyer is 82-9 at in seven seasons at Ohio State, with a 7-0 record against MI and three Big Ten titles. If Florida State is mired in mediocrity for the next two years, they could pull the plug and chase Meyer to see if he'd be interested in returning to the Sunshine State.

There is little doubt that this has been one of the most trying seasons in the 54-year-old's coaching career.

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Coach Ryan Day now serves as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, according to the school's website. Meyer's last game with the Buckeyes will be their Rose Bowl showdown with Washington on January 1. After spending some time at Florida, Meyer resigned, citing he wanted more time with his family and had recently suffered a health scare.

After beginning his head coaching career at Bowling Green, Meyer moved on to Utah and had a flawless 12-0 season in 2004 before stepping into the spotlight when he accepted the top job at Florida in 2005.

Day, like Riley at OU, had no real connection to Ohio State.

Day clearly has huge shoes to fill, following Meyer's incredible job at the helm of the Buckeyes. If Kelly gets the itch to pursue the National Football League in the next two years, Notre Dame's first call would be to Meyer to see if he would be interested and if his health would allow it.

Reports of Meyer's retirement were denied by Gene Smith on Friday, a day before the Buckeyes beat Northwestern for the Big Ten championship. And so when he steps down at Ohio State, this is very different. Day has singed a five-year contract worth $4.5 million per year.



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