Ohio State's Urban Meyer to retire from coaching

Urban Meyer retires from Ohio State but at age 54 is the former Ute coach really finished with college football

Ohio State was scheduled to live-stream a news conference at 2 p.m. officially announcing Meyer's retirement and the introduction of coach Ryan Day.

In a rather unnecessary move, one of the bonuses has Ohio State agreeing to pay Day $50,000 if he were to win the Big Ten Coach of the Year Award. The 54-year-old coach revealed in October that he has an arachnoid cyst in his brain which causes frequent headaches. As a result of knowing about the accusations, Meyer was suspended the first three games of this season.

Earlier this season, Meyer addressed some of the retirement rumors and said he planned on coaching beyond this season at Ohio State.

That's true. Ohio State is 85-9 since hiring Meyer before the 2012 season. He's just one of 16 coaches with three or more national championships. He will be replaced by offensive coordinator Ryan Day.

Meyer's comfort with the future of the Ohio State program and confidence in Day as his successor played into his decision, according to Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel.

Urban Meyer coaches the Utes on a snowy day in Provo against BYU at Lavell Edwards Stadium 11/22/2003
Urban Meyer coaches the Utes on a snowy day in Provo against BYU at Lavell Edwards Stadium 11/22/2003

Ohio State had just hung 62 points on MI and Urban Meyer remained flawless against his program's most bitter rival, so you wouldn't expect the reality of his situation to hit him as he was swimming through fans on the Ohio Stadium turf.

"I'm honored to have represented my home state and this great university the past seven seasons", Meyer said. Citing concerns for his health and a desire to be with his family, Meyer resigned but eventually changed his mind and coached one more seasons with the Gators before stepping away in 2011. In 2018, he was placed on leave due to an investigation into one of the assistant coach's domestic abuse allegations. And, of course, Meyer beat hated rival MI all seven times he faced them, including the last three with Jim Harbaugh as head coach.

He added that conversations about how long he could coach at Ohio State began in 2014 and got more serious past year as his condition continued. And so when he steps down at Ohio State, this is very different. He was also the first to post three 13-win seasons in a four-year span and win two BCS titles. It appeared to be a dream job for the Toledo native and success quickly followed.

Meyer previously stepped down as head coach at Florida for health reasons.

His contract was extended in April by two years through 2022, increasing Meyer's salary to $7.6 million in 2018 with annual 6 percent raises.

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