- Urban Meyer is retiring as head coach at Ohio State University, according to multiple reports.
- “A myriad of factors” reportedly led to the decision, including Meyer’s health, but the most significant factor was his unhappiness with the program.
- Meyer will coach the Buckeyes in the upcoming Rose Bowl.
- Offensive coordinator Ryan Day will replace Meyer as coach.
Urban Meyer will retire as head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes following the Rose Bowl, according to multiple reports, including Pete Thamel of CBS Sports.
Offensive coordinator Ryan Day, who served as the Buckeyes’ interim head coach during Meyer’s 3-game suspension this season, will become the new head coach.
A press conference is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon to announce the changes.
According to Thamel, “a myriad of factors” led to the decision, including his health. However, Thamel also suggested the most significant factor was that Meyer was not happy with the state of the Ohio State program.
“A myriad of factors contributed to Meyer’s decision, but sources say foremost among them was his happiness with the state of the Ohio State program he inherited seven years ago,” Thamel wrote.
It has been a tumultuous season for the Buckeyes, that began with Meyer’s suspension for mishandling domestic violence allegation against former assistant coach Zach Smith. After an ugly loss to Purdue and a close-call against Maryland, Ohio State defeated arch-rival Michigan, 45-24, and won the Big Ten Championship, but missed out on the College Football Playoff, finishing sixth in the final ranking.
Meyer has also dealt with a health issue that has, at times, impacted him during games. Meyer was diagnosed with a benign cyst on the membrane that covers the brain. While the condition is not life-threatening, Meyer often suffered from headaches and appeared to be impacted by it during the Maryland game this season.
According to Thamel, doctors had recently warned Meyer about the “long-term risks” associated with the condition. Meyer had surgery in 2014 in an attempt to alleviate the pain.
Meyer won three national titles, including two at the University of Florida in 2006 and 2008 and one at Ohio State in 2014.
Urban Meyer is retiring as coach at Ohio State