Tue. 8:26 am: OSU coach Meyer retiring after Rose Bowl

Tue. 8:26 am: OSU coach Meyer retiring after Rose Bowl

Urban Meyer will step down as Ohio State's football coach after the Buckeyes take on Washington in the Rose Bowl on January 1, the school announced Tuesday. The team has appointed Ryan Day to be the new head coach, and fortunately for Day it seems that many of Meyer's coaches are planning to stay with the program and lead his transition.

He was a quarterback (for Chip Kelly) at New Hampshire and coached at his alma mater, Boston College, Florida (as a graduate assistant for Meyer), Temple, the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers before coming to Ohio State in 2017. The 54-year-old coach revealed in October that he has an arachnoid cyst in his brain which causes frequent headaches. He served as the Buckeyes interim head coach during Meyer's suspension earlier this season, leading the team to three wins. It was at Florida where Meyer became a household name, winning his first two national championships (2006, 2008). He's just one of 16 coaches with three or more national championships.

The Buckeyes won at least 10 games in each of Meyer's seven seasons with the school, a run that was highlighted by a national championship in 2014 when Ohio State went 14-1 and rolled to the title win over Oregon.

Coach Ryan Day now serves as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, according to the school's website.

While Meyer brought a lot of success to the team, he was also at the center of controversy.

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Meyer is No. 28 overall among FBS coaches in total wins.

Given what happened after he cited health reasons for leaving Florida, it seems like Meyer knows enough to be more careful this time around.

Meyer, who had a "core values" banner in the locker room demanding his players treat women with respect, apologized to Ohio State fans following word that he would be suspended. In 2018, he was placed on leave due to an investigation into one of the assistant coach's domestic abuse allegations. And so when he steps down at Ohio State, this is very different.

Ohio State had a stretch of five straight wins this season, including a rout of archrival MI that gave the Buckeyes another division title and a win over Northwestern for the Big Ten championship. Meyer was making a reported $4 million per year while coaching the Gators; he signed a contract with the team worth $24 million. He coached for two years at Bowling Green and two years at Utah before joining Florida in 2005.

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