Urban Meyer and Ohio State held a press conference on Monday to announce that the coach will step down following the Rose Bowl, and there were several questions asked about whether Meyer intends to return to coaching at any point in the future. Meyer is stepping down from Ohio State after the game and offensive coordinator Ryan Day will take over as the team's new coach.
During a game against IN earlier this year, Meyer dropped to one knee on the sidelines due to the level of discomfort. The team would go on to win all three games before Meyer's return on September 22 against Tulane.
Earlier this season, Meyer addressed some of the retirement rumors and said he planned on coaching beyond this season at Ohio State.
Just one year later, claiming improved health and better control of his personal affairs, Meyer reemerged at Ohio State when Jim Tressel was sacked by the Buckeyes.
There is little doubt that this has been one of the most trying seasons in the 54-year-old's coaching career.
Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field alongside his wife Shelley after his team won 45-24 against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. He said in August, and Ohio State's medical staff confirmed, debilitating headaches are impacting him daily.
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The Buckeyes say Meyer will retire after the Rose Bowl game against Washington on January 1. I also want to say "thank you" to coach Meyer.
"He explained to me privately that he has the health issues and that's the total reason that he's stepping away", Brown said, "but it's time for him to do that, and time to move forward". In 2018, he was placed on leave due to an investigation into one of the assistant coach's domestic abuse allegations.
Among coaches who were active in 2018, Meyer ranked No. 3 in wins behind Alabama's Nick Saban and Kansas State's Bill Snyder. He's a second-year Ohio State assistant who had never before been a head coach.
Reports of Meyer's retirement were denied by Gene Smith on Friday, a day before the Buckeyes beat Northwestern for the Big Ten championship. He heads into the game with an 82-9 record during his Ohio State tenure, including a flawless record over archrival MI.
A former defensive back at Cincinnati, Meyer's swift rise to coaching prominence prior to Florida was evident in his two years at Utah.
Day's contract is set to pay him $4.5 million per year for five years.