Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to retire after Rose Bowl

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to retire after Rose Bowl

His tally includes 11 bowl wins, the inaugural 2015 College Football Playoff among them.

Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer will retire after the Rose Bowl on January 1, Ohio State confirmed in a news release on Tuesday.

No further details about the decision to retire were immediately available.

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Offensive coordinator Ryan Day is expected to take over as Ohio State head coach. Meyer had been dealing with painful headaches due to a cyst on his brain.

As NPR's James Doubek reported, "Meyer fired Zach Smith, an assistant coach, on July 23 after learning of reports that".

And when you really think about it, it was his dishonesty that ultimately led to his "retirement" announcement on Tuesday. A year later, he actually resigned, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. The Buckeyes will play in the Rose Bowl against Washington on New Year's Day - Meyer's coaching finale. 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. Perhaps just as important as all of that, Meyer never lost to MI. He has not yet said of any plans for after retirement. Meyer will depart OSU after a season in which he was suspended for three games over his handling of domestic abuse allegations against an assistant coach. The following numbers will give you a sense of the soon-to-be-retired head coach's recruiting prowess.

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Buckeyes athletic director Gene Smith tweeted in September that Meyer would be the head coach for "quite some time", following a report that linked Day to the job. It is a game Ohio State has won 14 of the last 15 times. That class was signed 30 days after Florida won its first National Championship under Meyer with a championship game win over, ironically, Ohio State.

Meyer has a career record of 186-32 in 17 seasons, including stops at Bowling Green, Utah and Florida. 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. That led to Florida's worst season under Meyer, a 8-5 (4-4 SEC) mark in 2010.

Haskins, one of three quarterbacks named as the finalists for this year's Heisman Trophy, was the brightest spot in a weird season for Ohio State, which posted the FBS's No. 8 scoring offense.

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My answer to these questions is based on the fact that I covered two of the greatest college football coaches in history - Meyer and Steve Spurrier - when they were at the University of Florida. Meyer has about $38 million left on his contract.

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