Ohio State's Urban Meyer to Retire from Coaching


"Starting a program and fixing something that's struggling is much easier to me than maintaining", said Mack Brown, who at 67 is returning to coaching with North Carolina after 16 years as Texas coach. "I can lie to you and say it is not important to me". Day had somewhat of an audition as temporary head coach to begin the season, when Meyer was suspended three games for mishandling the employment of former wide receivers coach Zach Smith.

He's 54, still relatively young, and though the arachnoid cyst on his brain seemed to be exhibiting painful symptoms this season, the condition isn't something life threatening-and, more crucially, those symptoms will likely subside with some minimal medical intervention.

Meyer, Day and athletic director Gene Smith will conduct a 2 p.m. press conference Tuesday afternoon to discuss the developments. The two men met and Smith told Meyer "he would pull the plug on this thing" if Meyer wanted to continue as coach, but Meyer said that he wished to resign.

Smith said Meyer will be staying with the university in a new capacity, working coaches and athletes, but he was not specific about the role. The fact that we have an elite coach on our staff.

Ohio State Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer with his wife Shelley Meyer after defeating the Northwestern Wildcats in the Big Ten conference championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. His teams won five off the six bowl games in which they competed with three BCS bowl game victories.

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Ryan Day, who is the team's offensive coordinator, will become Ohio State's new full-time head coach after that game. The Buckeyes returned to the CFP in 2016, losing in the Fiesta Bowl semifinal to Clemson.

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. A startling blowout loss at unranked Purdue on October 20 pushed Ohio State to the fringe of the national championship chase and prompted questions about Meyer's future and he was forced to address speculation that he would step down at the end of the season. His time with the Gators was not without controversy, however, as the program saw a boom in player arrests and off-field incidents under his watch.

Meyer took a leave of absence from Florida in 2010 after suffering from chest pains. He spent one year as a college football analyst for ESPN before taking the Ohio State job citing improved health and life decisions. He then left the Notre Dame sidelines for his first head coaching job at Bowling Green.

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"It was interesting because I've never had him as a head coach, so my first thought was, 'I wonder how this will work out?' but I definitely think he can do it", Murphy said when Day was named interim earlier this year.