Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer announces retirement

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Day helped Ohio State jump from 44th to fifth nationally in passing efficiency, which led to a promotion as offensive coordinator and an interim coach for the first three games of this season.

It has been previously reported that OSU was discussing making the 39-year-old Day, who drew near-universal praise for his handling of the Buckeyes during Meyer's suspension, a de facto head coach-in-waiting; Smith subsequently addressed the situation without really addressing it.

Urban Meyer is stepping down as Ohio State's football coach after the Rose Bowl, according to multiple reports Tuesday morning.

Just one year later, claiming improved health and better control of his personal affairs, Meyer reemerged at Ohio State when Jim Tressel was sacked by the Buckeyes. Sports indicated Meyer's final game will be the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day. Day will take over as the 25th coach of the storied program where Meyer won a national title in 2014 after two at Florida (2006, 2008). Meyer said his decision had to come before the early signing period opens December 19. If that's true, it will be the end for one of the most successful coaches of his generation. Prior to becoming a head coach, Meyer served as an assistant at Notre Dame (1996-2000), Colorado State (1990-95), Illinois State (1988-89) and Ohio State (1986-87), where he learned under mentor Earl Bruce.

Meyer is third on the list behind Rockne and Leahy among coaches who have coached for at least 10 seasons.

There already have been questions about whether Ohio State should have conducted a wider and longer search for Meyer's replacement. (Television images from Buckeyes games this season often showed Meyer doubled over, seemingly in pain.) Both Thamel and Lesmerises say Meyer's health was a factor in his decision to step down. His record is one for the ages - 186-32, never a losing season in 17 seasons and only one five-loss campaign.

"Brown added: "(Meyer) told me that he couldn't be animated at the level he needed to to energize the team and stay healthy". Asked if he would definitely return to Ohio State next year, he answered, "Yes".

Being a 2020 propect, Ohio State has roughly 13 months to re-convince Cavazos that Ohio State is where he wants to be.

When discussing the expectations at Ohio State, Day said the top one is to "win the rivalry game", followed by winning "every game after that". I think his ego took such a hit and his arrogance is so huge that he made the decision to leave right after the suspension. They loved the candid, colorful Spurrier because he was not only a great tactician but an engaging personality; they tolerated the icy, aloof Meyer simply because he won a lot of games. Meyer has about $38 million left on his contract.

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