Ex-Gators coach Urban Meyer will retire after Rose Bowl

Heather Diaz
December 4, 2018

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.

The Buckeyes have not yet officially announced the news.

Ohio State's 2018 football season will end the way it began: With Urban Meyer not the Buckeyes coach.

A news conference was scheduled for later Tuesday during which Meyer will formally announce his retirement and co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day would be named the program's 25th head coach.

It is expected that Meyer will cite his health as the reason for his departure.

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It had been reported in late October that there was "friction" between Meyer/the football staff "and athletics leadership as well as within the program itself"; the head coach subsequently attempted to knock down that report, for what it's worth.

Meyer has piled up wins at Ohio State after a similar run over six years at Florida that included two national championships.

Ohio State and Washington are set to play on January 1. But health concerns caused Meyer to step away from the game in 2009, before returning to lead Ohio State in 2012, after making a promise to his family that he would take better care of himself.

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

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