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Why Ryan Day was Ohio State’s choice to succeed Urban Meyer and the challenges that await

Why Ryan Day was Ohio State’s choice to succeed Urban Meyer and the challenges that await

His tally includes 11 bowl wins, the inaugural 2015 College Football Playoff among them.

The why of it was evident-health, and perhaps the scandal of this season-and Ohio State quickly made the how of it clear: Ryan Day, the offensive coordinator who coached the team during Meyer's September suspension, will be promoted. Meyer's last game will be against the ninth-ranked Washington Huskies in Pasadena, California. But that immediately drew skepticism, along with questions about how long Meyer had known about the accusations - and whether he had reported them, as required by Title IX.

In their announcement about Meyer leaving the program, Ohio State did not provide a reason as to why the 54-year-old coach is stepping down but he has previously cited health concerns and does have an arachnoid cyst in his brain that causes severe headaches. And, of course, Meyer beat hated rival MI all seven times he faced them, including the last three with Jim Harbaugh as head coach. A year later, he actually resigned, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.

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 had a wildly successful run in Columbus, which he looks to culminate with a Rose Bowl victory.

Let's not forget, it was just a couple of days ago when Meyer said he planned on coaching at Ohio State next season. Perhaps just as important as all of that, Meyer never lost to MI.

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Ohio State finished the season at No. 6. Meyer will start feeling better, and then he'll get bored, fast; he's not the kind of retired coach fans will get accustomed to seeing out for a grocery run or at the local vehicle wash.

Urban Meyer drove Penn State coach James Franklin to tears (twice) and to his "great but not elite" speech while coaching at Ohio State. He'd succeeded at Bowling Green, won 20 of 22 games at Utah and then won two national championships at Florida before walking away after the 2010 season. It will help in recruiting and it could even help on the field as early as next season.

"I plan on coaching", he said on October 29.

Day, in his second season as an Ohio State assistant, said he knows what the expectations of him are.

Reports of Meyer's retirement were denied by Gene Smith on Friday, a day before the Buckeyes beat Northwestern for the Big Ten championship.

Day, 39, has had a 15-year coaching career in college football and the NFL but has never been a full-time head coach. It appeared to be a dream job for the Toledo native and success quickly followed. Meyer was making a reported $4 million per year while coaching the Gators; he signed a contract with the team worth $24 million.

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