Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to retire after Rose Bowl

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Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer will retire from coaching following the Buckeyes' appearance in the Rose Bowl on January 1.

The Ohio State Buckeyes Twitter account stated Tuesday morning a press conference will be held at 2 p.m.

Meyer, among the elite coaches in college football and one of its highest paid, has coached at Ohio State for seven seasons.

Ohio State's season had five straight wins, including a rout of archrival MI that gave the Buckeyes another division title and a win over Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship. A shocking blowout loss at unranked Purdue on October 20 pushed Ohio State to the fringe of the national championship chase and prompted all sorts of questions about Meyer's future.

Of course, we won't be surprised if Meyer tells the world he wants to spend more time with his family.

His final game with the Buckeyes will come at the Rose Bowl, a game he has never coached before. He also was heavily criticized for what some saw as overly lax treatment of now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith, who was accused by his ex-wife of domestic abuse.

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"I am very shocked about it but I wish coach Meyer everlasting success because he's a GOAT", Cavazos said. I also want to say "thank you" to coach Meyer.

Ryan Day went 3-0 to start the season as the Buckeyes' head coach, and while the opponents weren't noteworthy, that doesn't mean people weren't taking note of Day's approach and performance.

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.

Everyone had to chase Meyer, who would win two titles, and that chase led to to the hire of Nick Saban, who arrived in the SEC two years after Meyer got to Florida.

Rutgers coach Chris Ash was defensive coordinator for UrbanMeyer for two seasons at Ohio State, including the 2014 national championship team. Meyer said that his health issues did not affect his coaching when asked about that medication in early September. After stepping down at Florida because of stress-related health concerns, he took the Ohio State job before the 2012 season after Jim Tressel was forced out for lying to the NCAA amid a memorabilia-for-tattoos scandal. Murphy noticed that Day was able to adjust his playcalling, rather than asking players to adjust to him, which is part of what has made him successful at Ohio State.

At the time the Big Ten was a college football wasteland devoid of good programs. In April, the university extended it to 2022, upped his salary to $7.6 million with a built-in annual raise of 6%, AP notes. Seven years was the longest he lasted at any of the four schools where he coached, following two seasons as Bowling Green, two at Utah and six at Florida.

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