Ohio State coach Urban Meyer retires, led Florida to two national championships

Lynette Rowe
December 5, 2018

But Meyer spun them around and gave them eight wins during his first season and another nine wins the following season.

- Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer is announcing his retirement Tuesday, the school said on Twitter.

Issues from the cyst, that Meyer had surgery to drain in 2014, have become more severe in recent months. The stress involved in coaching exacerbates the headaches he experiences.

Offensive coordinator Ryan Day, the same coach who took over over for Meyer during his three-game suspension to open the season, will become the full-time coach.

When asked if he would ever coach again, Meyer initially told reporters that was a "complicated question". Meyer was succinct in his response.

Pressed further, Meyer then said he is "fairly certain" he will not coach again.

After the announcement, Meyer's former players, coaches and fans responded to the news. He was also suspended the first three games of the season after the school conducted an investigation into the behavior of one of his assistant coaches. He's not coming to a Group of 5 program or a middling program with no track record of success. He's also 54, and although that's young to retire, he's had a long career of coaching and likely wants to spend more time with his family.

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No conference is as desperate for a good showing this bowl season as the Pac-12, which doesn't have another team in a New Year's Six bowl and went just 1-8 in bowls last season. OSU has won outright or shared seven division titles, three Big Ten championships and one national championship.

Outside of Alabama and Clemson, no other program has a better winning percentage than Ohio State since 2013. That led to Florida's worst season under Meyer, a 8-5 (4-4 SEC) mark in 2010. If the changes don't work, USC could be making a change.

Notre Dame - Meyer was Notre Dame's wide receivers coach from 1996-2000 before he left for his first head coaching gig at Bowling Green.

If this is Meyer's final coaching job, how his career will be remembered will be determined through the prism in which it is viewed. Notre Dame is in the playoff and Brian Kelly certainly isn't in danger of losing his job but has been linked to the National Football League in the past. He's a second-year Ohio State assistant who had never before been a head coach. The big thing is his health and it can't be mocked on social media or taken lightly.

Brown said he loves and admires Meyer, and will miss him in coaching.

Have we seen the last of Meyer?

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