Meyer stepping down at Ohio State, Day to take over

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Urban Meyer and Ohio State held a press conference on Monday to announce that the coach will step down following the Rose Bowl, and there were several questions asked about whether Meyer intends to return to coaching at any point in the future.

Urban Meyer's final season coaching the Ohio State football team proved to be both turbulent and successful.

He says stepping away would have been more hard if the program wasn't healthy.

Reports of Meyer's retirement were denied by Gene Smith on Friday, a day before the Buckeyes beat Northwestern for the Big Ten championship. He also says knowing assistant coach Ryan Day would be his successor made the decision easier.

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

The timing of the announcement was based on recruiting, he said; it needed to be announced before the early signing period opens December 19.

Smith applauded Meyer's level of success - he has an 82-9 record in seven seasons - and impact at Ohio State.

"We have enjoyed an incredible run".

Meyer was suspended for three games at the start of this season for his role in handling 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.

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

Despite the controversy that swirled around him during the 2018 season and previously while coach at Florida, Meyer will go down as one of the best and most influential coaches in college football history.

For the most part, recruits have been receptive to Day's ascension to head coach. And then there is the arachnoid cyst that puts pressure on the coach's brain and sometimes causes the kind of headaches that dropped him to one knee on the sidelines during the IN game earlier this season.

Urban Meyer says leading the Buckeyes in the Rose Bowl is a bucket list item for him.

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At Ohio State: Spence saw spot action in his freshman year at Ohio State, but took over as a full-time starter as a sophomore and finished the year with 50 tackles and eight sacks.

A month ago, it seemed as if Haskins might benefit from another year at Ohio State to develop further and chase a playoff bid. And so when he steps down at Ohio State, this is very different. This has always been viewed as Meyer's dream job. Meyer was making a reported $4 million per year while coaching the Gators; he signed a contract with the team worth $24 million.

If Meyer's career is actually done, he'll walk away with a 186-32 career record, 10-3 bowl record (pending the Rose Bowl) and three national titles amid stints at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State.

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