Urban Meyer, former Ute coach, to announce retirement from Ohio State Football

BREAKING: Urban Meyer to step down at Ohio State

BREAKING: Urban Meyer to step down at Ohio State

Smith denied a Football Scoop report last week that Meyer would not coach past the 2019 season and Day would take over as head coach.

Whether this is the final time we see Meyer on the sideline remains to be seen but, health withstanding, it's hard to imagine this is his final act. "I am grateful to Buckeye Nation, the students, faculty, our administration and, most importantly, our student-athletes for their support and respect for this program during this time".

Added current Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst of Meyer, "Obviously I have a lot of respect for what he's done".

Meyer would eventually admit publicly to having chronic debilitating headaches caused by an arachnoid cyst that he had surgery on back in 2014.

Ryan Day is viewed as an up-and-coming superstar in the coaching business and Ohio State didn't want to let him achieve his stardom somewhere else. Day has singed a five-year contract worth $4.5 million per year. There used to be people who thought OSU was above hiring a coach from I-AA as well, but that worked out okay the decade before this one. His coaching wisdom and his elite ability to motivate and prepare a team is something everyone on this staff not only appreciates, but learns from and carries forward.

Meyer guided Ohio State to the national championship in 2014 after doing so at Florida in 2006 and 2008. He previously coached at Bowling Green and Utah. He has nine conference titles in 14 seasons and has gone 10-3 in bowl competition. That figure established the 54-year-old as the highest-paid head coach in college football, outpacing Michigan Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh and Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban, USA Today reported last April. But Meyer knew he couldn't go on the way things were this season. He was also suspended the first three games of the season after the school conducted an investigation into the behavior of one of his assistant coaches. He's also coming off back-to-back Big Ten titles and has won seven straight games against rival MI - not to mention claiming a national championship in 2014. The Buckeyes returned to the CFP in 2016, losing in the Fiesta Bowl semifinal to Clemson.

The state with a college football program far more successful than either of its NFL teams has made a change that could resonate throughout the NFL. That style was the driving force behind Florida's national championships in 2006 and 2008, Tim Tebow's legendary four-year career that included the 2007 Heisman Trophy, the Gators' rise back to national prominence following the Ron Zook era, and a boom period for the SEC.

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Meyer also stepped down as Florida's coach, first in December 2009 before returning to the team and then for good in 2010.

When he left Florida, Meyer cited health concerns as the main reason. It was later revealed that Meyer was suffering from chest pains as a result of esophageal spasms.

Meyer, who had a "core values" banner in the locker room demanding his players treat women with respect, apologized to Ohio State fans following word that he would be suspended.

He started his head-coaching career at Bowling Green in 2001 and moved on to Utah two seasons later before taking the Florida job in 2005 and rocketing to the top of the college football coaching ranks, a peer of Alabama coach Nick Saban, victor of six national championships.

While the defense struggled, Day's offense was breaking records left and right, including the Big Ten single-season passing touchdown record, which quarterback Dwayne Haskins took from former Purdue QB Drew Brees.

"Every coach who ever put a whistle around his neck dreams of being a coach at the Ohio State University", Day told reporters.

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