What OU did with Bud Wilkinson replacing Jim Tatum, and Chuck Fairbanks replacing Jim Mackenzie, and Barry Switzer replacing Fairbanks, and Lincoln Riley replacing Bob Stoops, Ohio State did with Ryan Day replacing Meyer. But as ESPN reported in 2015, the coach also left "myriad off-field issues", including more than 30 arrests of players during Meyer's six-year tenure.
The offensive coordinator took over this season for three games when Meyer sat out with a suspension. "I can lie to you and say it is not important to me".
Coach Meyer will be announcing his retirement at an afternoon press conference, and coach Ryan Day will be introduced as head coach.
The Buckeyes coach has dealt for years with a congenital arachnoid cyst in his brain that causes what his doctor has called aggressive headaches.
Meyer said leaving would have been more hard if the program wasn't healthy. The Buckeyes are 12-1 after winning the Big Ten.
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 said his decision had to come before the early signing period opens December 19. Within months, he had accepted his "dream" job at Ohio State.
"I would honestly throw him in the quarterback guru category", one person who has worked with Day at Ohio State said. Will he be looking for a path back to the National Football League as a defensive coordinator, with Meyer gone?More news: Friends Is Leaving Netflix in January 2019?!
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He first retired from Florida in 2009 only to change his mind before the Sugar Bowl and made a decision to remain with the program on a lighter off-field schedule after a short leave of absence.
The Buckeyes say Meyer will retire after the Rose Bowl game against Washington on January 1. "It has always been the goal to see a strong and healthy program handed to an elite coach and person to make it even better". But on the day Urban Meyer supposedly retired, the first thought that crossed everybody's mind was, "Yeah, right". I won't be sitting around staying up all night, at night with nothing to do. He just took over at North Carolina.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer will retire after the Rose Bowl, the university announced.
But if the mark of a good coach is that his former players still love him, Meyer seems good on that count. The Buckeyes won at least 10 games in each of Meyer's seven seasons with the school, a run that was highlighted by a national championship in 2014 when Ohio State went 14-1 and rolled to the title win over Oregon.
And when you really think about it, it was his dishonesty that ultimately led to his "retirement" announcement on Tuesday. Brown, 67, will be 68 years old when the 2019 season kicks off.
It's been a troubling year for Meyer who was suspended without pay for the first three games of this season for his mishandling of the domestic assault allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith. That class was signed 30 days after Florida won its first National Championship under Meyer with a championship game win over, ironically, Ohio State.
He has shown obvious effects of pain on the sideline this season.