Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to retire after Rose Bowl


His hiring at Florida in 2005 is viewed as one of the most impactful in college football history.

It's also no secret that Meyer is dealing with health issues, so when he hangs it up following his last game on the sidelines for the Buckeyes, he's hanging it up for good. The fact that Meyer retires with a 7-0 record against MI as Ohio State head coach is sickening.

The Buckeyes coach has dealt for years with a congenital arachnoid cyst in his brain that causes what his doctor has called aggressive headaches.

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.

2011: Florida 37, Penn State 24 (Outback Bowl): In Meyer's last game at Florida, the Gators intercepted Penn State five times, including one for a touchdown in the game's final minute. The two men met and Smith told Meyer "he would pull the plug on this thing" if Meyer wanted to continue as coach, but Meyer said that he wished to resign.

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The 22-year-old has fallen down the pecking order, with David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger being preferred. Fulham won only their second game of the season last weekend in Ranieri's first match in charge.

Meyer had a wildly successful run in Columbus, which he looks to culminate with a Rose Bowl victory. He won three Big Ten championships in seven seasons, had an undefeated season, won a national title and beat MI all seven times and never played in a bowl game that wasn't the Sugar, Orange, Cotton or Fiesta. Perhaps just as important as all of that, Meyer never lost to MI. Within months, he had accepted his "dream" job at Ohio State. 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 auto wash. He also says knowing assistant coach Ryan Day would be his successor made the decision easier.

Ohio State announced this morning that Meyer will retire after the Rose Bowl. It was at Florida where Meyer became a household name, winning his first two national championships (2006, 2008). Given the trend toward finding offensive coaches, Day may have been in demand for coaching staffs that will be compiled in a matter of weeks. "I support Urban in his desire to step aside as head coach".

This question has dogged Ohio State fans for much of the season-and the talented redshirt sophomore bolting for the National Football League has looked increasingly likely over the course of the past month. He previously coached at Bowling Green and Utah.

The three-time national champion skipper's announcement comes a day after Buckeyes fans learned quarterback Dwayne Haskins is a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, given to college football's most outstanding player, and two days after the Buckeyes narrowly missed the four-team College Football Playoff.