Ohio State's Urban Meyer to Retire from Coaching

Heather Diaz
December 5, 2018

The team has appointed Ryan Day to be the new head coach, and fortunately for Day it seems that many of Meyer's coaches are planning to stay with the program and lead his transition. A year later, he actually resigned, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.

New North Carolina coach Mack Brown, who spoke with Meyer this morning, told CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd that Meyer's health was a primary concern.

Meyer is excited about his final game. He admitted during the year that a previously-revealed congenital arachnoid cyst on his brain was causing him problems once again - he previously had surgery on it in 2014 - but said that he was managing the pain and planned to coach next year. It isn't healthy but I came to work every day with fear of letting people like Archie Griffith and the our great state of OH down because this is home.

Day's contract is set to pay him $4.5 million per year for five years. Meyer said the cyst on his brain flared up in 2017, especially during the Penn State game, when his team almost lost to the then-No. "I love this program and its student-athletes and I want Buckeye Nation to know how hard we are going to work to ensure this program remains the very best in the country".

Late last month, it was reported that Urban Meyer would address his coaching future following the Big Ten championship game. "I am grateful for the two seasons I've had as a part of his staff".

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Meyer won two national championships with the Florida Gators before taking the head coaching spot in Columbus ahead of the 2012 season. He has nine conference titles in 14 seasons and has gone 10-3 in bowl competition. While he said the headaches he has been dealing with started to hit "real hard" last season and again this year. he is young by coaching standards at age 54. CFT had caught wind of speculation that it wouldn't be surprising at all if Meyer were not the Buckeyes' head coach next season, whispers that grew a little louder given the embarrassing loss in West Lafayette this and what some have described as Meyer's "anguished... emotional... erratic" sideline demeanor. The Buckeyes returned to the CFP in 2016, losing in the Fiesta Bowl semifinal to Clemson.

Former Ohio State players are paying tribute to retiring coach Urban Meyer.

His hiring at Florida in 2005 is viewed as one of the most impactful in college football history. Overall, Meyer went 65-15 overall at Florida and 36-12 in SEC play.

"Of course, the health and concerns with his cyst". He wouldn't be going back to Bowling Green or a program like Utah when he took that job in 2003 and the National Football League doesn't appear to be an interest. He had an undefeated, 12-0 season during his first year. He then left the Notre Dame sidelines for his first head coaching job at Bowling Green.

Smith applauded Meyer's level of success - he has an 82-9 record in seven seasons - and impact at Ohio State.

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