Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is reportedly planning to retire after the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day. There were several factors that led to his decision to step away from the program.
Meyer has battled health issues over the course of his coaching career. He has had trouble dealing with severe headaches caused by a congenital arachnoid cyst in his brain. He had surgery back in 2014 to help manage the pain but it has returned over the past two seasons.
He was also part of a tumultuous offseason for the program because of the allegations of domestic abuse toward his former wide receiver’s coach, Zach Smith. Meyer was suspended for all of training camp and the first three games for his poor handling of the situation.
Meyer is reportedly happy with the state of the Buckeyes program and is confident they will have continued success once he is gone—another factor that led to his decision.
He will be succeeded by the current offensive coordinator Ryan Day, who served as the interim head coach during Meyer’s suspension.
Meyer is 82-9 win his seven seasons at the helm of the Buckeyes program. He won the first ever college football playoff back in 2014 and is coming off of back-to-back Big 10 championships.
Meyer also won two national titles as head coach in Florida and was responsible for two undefeated seasons. One for Utah in 2004 and the other for Ohio State in 2012 when they were still facing the penalties brought on by the former regime. His lifetime record as a head coach is 186-32.
Meyer is 54 years old and does not plan to coach again although that hasn’t stopped him in the past. In a few years, he may get that itch and we will see him back leading another university to the national title.
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