Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Tue. 8:26 am: OSU coach Meyer retiring after Rose Bowl

Tue. 8:26 am: OSU coach Meyer retiring after Rose Bowl

He later served as an assistant coach at Illinois State and Colorado State before working at Notre Dame for six years. And who knows, Luke Fickell may make it a clean sweep when he's eventually done as well. In seven short years, Meyer's legacy can stand with any before him, and tower over most.

If Meyer's career is actually done, he'll walk away with a 186-32 career record, 10-3 bowl record (pending the Rose Bowl) and three national titles amid stints at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State.

The university confirmed the news, announcing a 2 p.m. press conference for Tuesday.

In the seven seasons in Columbus, Ohio State has won more than 90 percent of its games (82-9) including three Big Ten championships and a national championship in 2014. Michigan's Jim Harbaugh lost four conference games in 2017 alone.

This marks the third time Meyer has left his job since 2009.

The school, which was already embroiled in separate scandals involving alleged sex abuse by a now-deceased athletics doctor and a diving coach, put Meyer on leave August 1.

Day coached the quarterbacks at both National Football League stops.

Meyer was suspended for three games to start the season for not properly reporting domestic violence allegations against former assistant coach Zach Smith.

Is it a gamble?

Why is Urban Meyer retiring? He's an Ohio State guy. This wasn't a surprise to OSU. His tally includes 11 bowl wins, the inaugural 2015 College Football Playoff among them. The stress involved in coaching exacerbates the headaches he experiences.

The university hasn't given any other details at this time.

Wilson said during Day's interim stint that he fully believes in Day's ability to lead Ohio State, and that he will be able to continue the success the Buckeyes have seen under Meyer.

Things are about to get much more serious, however, as imagination turns to reality.

Lesmerises asked if he was fairly certain, "I am certain yes, Meyer said". Now that this is his boat, he'll be the one at the wheel. If the changes don't work, USC could be making a change.

Following a legend is never ideal, nor is losing one.

"It has been an honor to represent for the last seven years this football program, my home state of OH, this university and community that I care so deeply about", Meyer said.

At the time the Big Ten was a college football wasteland devoid of good programs.

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