Urban Meyer Retiring After Rose Bowl

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer walks off the field with his wife, Shelley Meyer, early Sunday after defeating Northwestern in the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game in Indianapolis.

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.

Ohio State announced head coach Urban Meyer's retirement at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, and less than 12 hours later, 4-star Florida safety Lejond Cavazos announced his decommitment from OSU.

Meyer, 54, has won three national titles - two at Florida and one at Ohio State. 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. His last game will be in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day. Meyer said his decision had to come before the December 19 signing day.

"It was interesting because I've never had him as a head coach, so my first thought was, 'I wonder how this will work out?' but I definitely think he can do it", Murphy said when Day was named interim earlier this year. But Meyer spun them around and gave them eight wins during his first season and another nine wins the following season.

A former defensive back at Cincinnati, Meyer's swift rise to coaching prominence prior to Florida was evident in his two years at Utah.

Brown says Meyer "explained to me that he has the health issues and that's totally the reason he's stepping away, and it's time for him to do that".

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He has also won a trio of national championships.

In addition to the domestic abuse scandal, Meyer "has been slowed by headaches caused by a cyst", member station WOSU reports, adding, "The chatter increased after he looked more distressed and beleaguered than usual on the sideline during the 49-20 loss to unranked Purdue on October 20". "I want to congratulate Ryan Day and his family". Mark Richt will be 59 next season and isn't on the hot seat, but if the program stalls out in the next two years, Richt could choose to retire, opening up a spot for Meyer to swoop in. He was also the first to post three 13-win seasons in a four-year span and win two BCS titles.

Amid the scrutiny on Meyer's program, it also emerged that Zach Smith's treatment of his wife had drawn police scrutiny almost 10 years ago - shortly after Meyer first took him on as a graduate assistant at the University of Florida.

Still, this does introduce an element of uncertainty to Ohio State's path at a time when MI looks as if it's found its footing under Jim Harbaugh.

And Ohio State was at a low point. He brought Meyer to Columbus. He wouldn't be going back to Bowling Green or a program like Utah when he took that job in 2003 and the National Football League doesn't appear to be an interest.

But the loss to Purdue weighed heavily and Ohio State finished No. 6 in the playoff rankings. He has not yet said of any plans for after retirement. Meyer has about $38 million left on his contract.

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