Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer announced today in Columbus, that he is stepping down as the top field general for the Buckeyes after 7 seasons in the Big Ten.
The 54-year-old head coach said the cumulative effects of health problems, the current strength of the Buckeye program, and the impact of a lengthy suspension to start the 2018 season convinced him to announce his retirement.
Meyer and athletic director Gene Smith both said they hoped the championship-winning coach will stick around Ohio State in some capacity.
Today’s announcement by the Ohio native, who previously coached and stepped down from the head coaching post at the University of Florida, marks the second time in 8 years, that Meyer has quit
coaching because of health-related issues.
Meyer will coach (12-1) OSU in the Rose Bowl January 1 against the Huskies of Washington.
On January 2, 2019, current Buckeyes assistant coach Ryan Day will take over as head coach.
Day served as Ohio State’s interim head coach while Meyer served a three-game suspension to start the 2018 season.
The 39-year-old has never been a head coach, but he does have 15 years of coaching experience on the college and professional level.
Day first worked for Meyer as a graduate assistant at Florida in 2005. He later served as offensive coordinator at both Temple and Boston College.
The Buckeyes went 3-0 under Day this season. He guided OSU to a road win over the Horned Frogs of TCU in Arlington, Texas, before Meyer returned to the sideline Sept. 22 against Tulane.
During his career in Columbus, Meyer won three Big Ten championships and the 2014 national championship.
Meyer won two other national championships while coaching the Gators at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Ohio State indicated that they wanted to announce Meyer’s plans before the early signing period (Dec. 19-21).
Meyer has posted a career record of (186-32) as a college head coach with stops at OSU, Florida, Utah and Bowling Green University.
Urban Meyer’s final game with the Buckeyes will come at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. It’s a bowl game in which the son of Toledo has never coached in before during his lengthy career.