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

Urban Meyer’s Daughter Responds To His Retirement Announcement

Urban Meyer’s Daughter Responds To His Retirement Announcement

Urban Meyer announced his retirement from Ohio State on Tuesday, and the Buckeyes embraced the Oklahoma model to carry on as a college football juggernaut.

Ryan Day, who coached the Buckeyes during Meyer's absence and was promoted this year to offensive coordinator, will take the team's reins upon Meyer's departure.

Meyer is expected to formally announce he is stepping down at a press conference at 2 p.m. Tuesday. And then there is the arachnoid cyst that puts pressure on the coach's brain and sometimes causes the kind of headaches that dropped him to one knee on the sidelines during the IN game earlier this season.

What OU did with Bud Wilkinson replacing Jim Tatum, and Chuck Fairbanks replacing Jim Mackenzie, and Barry Switzer replacing Fairbanks, and Lincoln Riley replacing Bob Stoops, Ohio State did with Ryan Day replacing Meyer.

Meyer was 81-9 with a national championship at Ohio State after six years at Florida, where he won two national titles. He's just one of 16 coaches with three or more national championships.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer walks off the field with his wife, Shelley Meyer, early Sunday after defeating Northwestern in the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game in Indianapolis. CFT had caught wind of speculation that it wouldn't be surprising at all if Meyer were not the Buckeyes' head coach next season, whispers that grew a little louder given the embarrassing loss in West Lafayette this and what some have described as Meyer's "anguished... emotional... erratic" sideline demeanor.

Pressed further, Meyer then said he is "fairly certain" he will not coach again.

At 54, Meyer is relatively young for a football coach, but health issues reportedly played a role in his decision.

"I am truly honored to be here today and am so appreciative to President Drake and Gene Smith for the faith they have in me to lead this team", Day said.

But his time away from the game of football didn't last long when he was contacted about the opening at Ohio State.

After beginning his head coaching career at Bowling Green, Meyer moved on to Utah and had a flawless 12-0 season in 2004 before stepping into the spotlight when he accepted the top job at Florida in 2005. Brown, 67, will be 68 years old when the 2019 season kicks off. Meyer came under fire for his response - or lack thereof - in regards to allegations of domestic abuse against one of his assistant coaches.

He added that conversations about how long he could coach at Ohio State began in 2014 and got more serious past year as his condition continued. He was also the first to post three 13-win seasons in a four-year span and win two BCS titles. He heads into the game with an 82-9 record during his Ohio State tenure, including a ideal record over archrival MI. Meyer has about $38 million left on his contract. He coached for two years at Bowling Green and two years at Utah before joining Florida in 2005.

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