Urban Meyer to retire as Ohio State head coach following Rose Bowl

06 December, 2018, 06:04 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer to announce retirement

Meyer acknowledged the investigation was among the reasons for stepping down, and he was asked if the suspension will affect his legacy.

"I'm sure it will". If you believe that, I have a some oceanfront property I'll sell you in Topeka.

He said stepping away would have been more hard if the program wasn't healthy. Overall, Meyer went 65-15 overall at Florida and 36-12 in SEC play.

How will Day tweak the coaching staff in the short and long term?

Cavazos had been committed since June 27, but with Meyer's retirement, his recruitment has now been reopened. Meyer said his decision had to come before the December 19 signing day.

Ohio State followed that with five straight wins, including a rout of archrival MI that gave the Buckeyes another division title and then pulled away for the easy win over Northwestern.

"We have enjoyed an incredible run". I think his ego took such a hit and his arrogance is so enormous that he made the decision to leave right after the suspension. There was Iowa in 2017 and Purdue and Maryland this year, sloppy performances that cost Ohio State playoff bids.

Amid the scrutiny on Meyer's program, it also emerged that Zach Smith's treatment of his wife had drawn police scrutiny almost 10 years ago - shortly after Meyer first took him on as a graduate assistant at the University of Florida. Meyer's last game will be against the ninth-ranked Washington Huskies in Pasadena, California. And, of course, Meyer beat hated rival MI all seven times he faced them, including the last three with Jim Harbaugh as head coach. Among the players Meyer signed in that 2007 class at Florida, two that immediately jump out are Cam Newton and Aaron Hernandez.

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. That said, it's still nowhere near certain, and any announcement is unlikely to come until after the Rose Bowl. He just took over at North Carolina.


"Every coach who ever put a whistle around their neck strives to be the head coach at The Ohio State University".

Urban Meyer announced his retirement from Ohio State on Tuesday, and the Buckeyes embraced the Oklahoma model to carry on as a college football juggernaut.

His hiring at Florida in 2005 is viewed as one of the most impactful in college football history.

Former players were full of praise for Meyer.

To minimize the impact of Meyer is foolish.

Meyer went 82-9 in his seven seasons as Ohio State coach, including a 54-4 Big Ten record. But with God, my family, and friends, I would like to announce that I am decommitting from The Ohio State University. He has a cyst in his brain that causes severe headaches.

He had shown obvious effects of being in pain on the sideline this season, leading to questions about his future. He also was reproached for what some saw as overly lax treatment of Zach Smith, the assistant coach who was accused by his ex-wife of domestic abuse. Gene Smith alluded to his continued involvement in the team, while Day said his door would always be open to the former coach. He was caught lying and deleting text messages by a university committee investigating why Meyer harbored a domestic abuser such as Smith on his staff for years. Following his success at Bowling Green, Meyer took a new job coaching at Utah, where he drove the team to a 10-2 record in his first season. He lost star defensive end Nick Bosa to an early season-ending injury, and the Buckeyes' defense never fully recovered. He also says knowing assistant coach Ryan Day would be his successor made the decision easier. I wouldn't be surprised if there's minimal coaching turnover in Columbus this year to ease the transition and offer some continuity for the first-year head coach.

Other than an National Basketball Association championship in 2016, there hasn't been much to cheer for in Cleveland over the years.

Day, in his second season as an Ohio State assistant, said he knows what the expectations of him are. Meyer has about $38 million left on his contract.

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