Urban Meyer stepping down at Ohio State

Urban Meyer stepping down at Ohio State

Urban Meyer, the longtime coach of Ohio State University Football, announced that he would retire after this year's Rose Bowl.

Meyer will coach the final game of the season against Washington in the Rose Bowl on January 2, and offensive coordinator Ryan Day will be the new head coach of the Buckeyes.

Ohio State will hold a press conference at 2 p.m.to make the announcement.

During a game against IN earlier this year, Meyer dropped to one knee on the sidelines due to the level of discomfort. Meyer had brain surgery to drain the cyst in the spring of 2014, and another surgery is an option for treatment. 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.

Add all of that to the battering Meyer's reputation took nationally over the Zach Smith situation and the coach's response to allegations of domestic abuse, and a growing number of observers wondered aloud how much longer Meyer will remain as The Head Coach at The Ohio State. In 2014, Meyer helped his team take the title; he became one of only three college coaches to win major championships at two universities.

Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field alongside his wife Shelley after his team won 45-24 against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. "I hired Ryan Day because I thought he was very good coach".

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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.

Tuesday night Meyer's daughter, Gigi, weighed in on the news.

"It's a complicated question, and I'll try to answer it the best I can", Meyer said.

Meyer, who is 54, previously stepped away to deal with his health at Florida, only to return. If Kelly gets the itch to pursue the National Football League in the next two years, Notre Dame's first call would be to Meyer to see if he would be interested and if his health would allow it.

Day was becoming a hot name in coaching circles and his ability to step in and guide the Buckeyes during Meyer's suspension demonstrated his ability as an up-and-coming coach. Meyer has about $38 million left on his contract. He was the wide receivers coach at Notre Dame from 1996-2000 before moving on to his first head-coaching job, directing Bowling Green from 2001-02 before leaving for the same post at Utah.

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