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

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Ohio State coach Urban Meyer abruptly announced his retirement Tuesday, citing health reasons and a hard year that included a three-game suspension over his handling of domestic violence allegations against a now-fired assistant coach. Meyer's last game with the Buckeyes will be their Rose Bowl showdown with Washington on January 1.

A report issued by an investigative committee left a lasting stain, detailing behavior by Meyer that could have taken down a coach of lesser stature.

A news conference was scheduled for today during which Meyer is to announce his retirement, with co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day appointed the team's 25th head coach. I also want to say "thank you" to coach Meyer.

In October, the 54-year-old, who suffers from headaches caused by a cyst in his brain, opened up about his health problems. "I've got a lot of respect for him". But because of NCAA sanctions that had been placed during the previous coach's term, Ohio State was unable to compete for the conference title. Meyer has been the Buckeye's head coach for the past seven seasons. Perhaps just as important as all of that, Meyer never lost to MI. Will he be looking for a path back to the National Football League as a defensive coordinator, with Meyer gone?

But to assume that the staff will stay static in the seasons to come is to overlook Day's background: Despite having a history with Meyer-he was a grad assistant at Florida in 2005-this is a coach who's a relative outsider to the Buckeyes' system.

Apparently, several Browns fans believe Urban Meyer will be the team's next head coach in 2019.

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Following Ohio State's appearance in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day, Urban Meyer will retire from coaching.

And maybe most importantly to some Ohio State fans, Meyer was 7-0 against MI, including four straight wins over Jim Harbaugh, hired in 2015 by MI to be OSU's kryptonite.

Meyer won two national championships with the Florida Gators before taking the head coaching spot in Columbus ahead of the 2012 season. Day will take over for Meyer in exactly four weeks. I've written many times he is the most disingenuous coach I've ever covered as a sports writer.

This question has dogged Ohio State fans for much of the season-and the talented redshirt sophomore bolting for the National Football League has looked increasingly likely over the course of the past month. Those 17 prospects made up the smallest class Meyer signed in all of his 15 years between Utah, Florida and Ohio State.

Meyer got into the football coaching scene after interning at a high school shortly after college.

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