Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to retire after Rose Bowl

Arnold Nichols
December 5, 2018

Meyer went 82-9 in his seven seasons as Ohio State coach, including a 54-4 Big Ten record.

Ohio State released some of the documents that its special committee used in its investigation, including text messages that raised doubt about how forthcoming Meyer was when news of Smith's past transgressions first came to light this summer.

Ohio State's Urban Meyer announced his retirement on Tuesday - but don't expect the recruiting landscape of the Big Ten to shift dramatically. The cyst was diagnosed in 1998 but worsened the past few years, and Meyer dropped to his knees on the sideline during an October game against in and often looked distressed during games, rubbing his head and wincing.

Meyer's final game will be at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019, when the Buckeyes take on Washington.

In his seven seasons, the Buckeyes had remarkable success, winning at least 11 games each season.

Meyer began his college coaching career as a graduate assistant in 1986, coaching tight ends. Meyer's seventh season with Ohio State has been a controversial one that started with a three-game suspension for his handling of assistant Zach Smith's domestic violence arrest.

It will be interesting to see if Day alters Meyer's philosophy.

There will be people who think Ohio State is above hiring an assistant coach.

Meyer said he knew about the accusations against Smith - grandson of former Ohio State coach Earle Bruce - but wasn't sure they were true and kept Smith on his staff because no criminal charges were filed. Two years later he won his third national title by leading the Buckeyes in the first-ever College Football Playoffs.

"I'm fully aware I'm ultimately responsible for this situation", Meyer said in August. UF posted its worst mark under Meyer at 8-5 in 2010, and he again chose to retire after the season, citing health concerns.

A big reason for his hire at Ohio State is his penchant for running a high-tempo offense, which he's been running for the Buckeyes alongside co-offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson. Since then, he's coached at Utah (2003-04), Florida (2005-10), and Ohio State (2011-18). I like coach Day, so that is good that they are not going outside to hire a new coach. If doctors give him the clearance to return to coaching at the style he has to in order to get the necessary results, it's only a matter of time until Meyer is patrolling the sidelines again for a premier program in college football.

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