Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to retire after Rose Bowl

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/ > Michael Conroy/ AP Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and wide receiver Terry McLaurin, left, celebrate after beating Northwestern 45-24 in the Huge Ten championship football video game Saturday in Indianapolis. Ohio State says Meyer will retire after the Buckeyes play in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.

Published Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018|5:25 a.m.

Updated 2 hours, 40 minutes ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)– Urban Meyer, the highly successful coach who won three national championships and stimulated debate and criticism this season for his handling of domestic violence claims versus a now-fired assistant, will retire after the Rose Bowl, the university revealed Tuesday.

A press conference was scheduled for later Tuesday during which Meyer will officially reveal his retirement and co-offensive organizer Ryan Day would be named the program’s 25th head coach.

Ohio State didn’t immediately state why Meyer was stepping down after seven years at Ohio State, however the 54-year-old coach has formerly mentioned health issues. He has what is called an arachnoid cyst in his brain that triggers extreme headaches.

Meyer had actually shown apparent effects of being in pain on the sideline this season. He likewise was heavily slammed for what some saw as extremely lax treatment of now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith, who was implicated by his ex-wife of domestic abuse.

Meyer said he learnt about the accusations against Smith– grandson of former Ohio State coach Earle Bruce– but wasn’t sure they held true and kept Smith on his staff due to the fact that no criminal charges were submitted. The university mentioned that lapse in suspending Meyer for the very first three games of the season after an examination.

A detailed report provided by an investigative committee left an enduring stain, detailing behavior by Meyer that could quickly have taken down a coach of lower stature. The examination revealed that he endured bad behavior for several years from Smith, consisting of domestic-violence allegations, drug addiction, lies and other acts that straight encounter the worths Meyer touts publicly.

The Buckeyes’ strong finish this season belied on-the-field issues that made for a difficult season for Meyer and his staff. He lost star protective end Nick Bosa to an early season-ending injury, and the Buckeyes’ defense never ever fully recuperated. During his suspension, the group was run by Day, the co-offensive organizer and quarterbacks coach. He’s a second-year Ohio State assistant who had never ever before been a head coach.

The group rotated anticipated blowout wins with perplexing play that consisted of a set of one-point wins (Penn State, Maryland) and a closer-than-expected win over a having a hard time Nebraska group. A shocking blowout loss at unranked Purdue on Oct. 20 pushed Ohio State to the fringe of the national championship chase and prompted all sorts of questions about Meyer’s future.

Quickly before Halloween, Meyer resolved speculation that he could step down at the end of the season, stating he felt great and certainly would be back next year.

” I plan on training,” he said on Oct. 29. Asked if he would certainly return to Ohio State next year, he responded to, “Yes.”

Ohio State followed that with five straight wins, consisting of a thrashing of archrival Michigan that gave the Buckeyes another department title and a win over Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship.

Meyer has actually accumulated wins at Ohio State after a comparable run over six years at Florida that consisted of 2 championship games. After stepping down at Florida due to stress-related health concerns, he took the Ohio State task prior to the 2012 season after Jim Tressel was displaced for lying to the NCAA amidst a memorabilia-for-tattoos scandal. It appeared to be a dream job for the Toledo native and success rapidly followed.

His agreement was extended in April by two years through 2022, increasing Meyer’s salary to $7.6 million in 2018 with annual 6 percent raises. Meyer has about $38 million left on his agreement.

He started his head-coaching career at Bowling Green in 2001 and proceeded to Utah 2 seasons later on before taking the Florida job in 2005 and soaring to the top of the college football coaching ranks, a peer of Alabama coach Nick Saban in regards to regard and capability.

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