Meyer to retire after the Rose Bowl

BREAKING: Urban Meyer to step down at Ohio State

He has a cyst in his brain that causes severe headaches.

Ohio State's season had five straight wins, including a rout of archrival MI that gave the Buckeyes another division title and a win over Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship.

In addition to the domestic abuse scandal, Meyer "has been slowed by headaches caused by a cyst", member station WOSU reports, adding, "The chatter increased after he looked more distressed and beleaguered than usual on the sideline during the 49-20 loss to unranked Purdue on October 20". Meyer declined to comment when asked about the report. "But there will be a time".

In April, Ohio State announced Meyer had signed a two-year contract extension that would keep him at the helm through 2022. Naming Day as Meyer's successor shows a commitment to continuity with the staff for 2019 and beyond.

A big reason for his hire at Ohio State is his penchant for running a high-tempo offense, which he's been running for the Buckeyes alongside co-offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson.

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When Day was named interim head coach in September, he received daily text messages from his coaching mentor Chip Kelly, whom he played for at New Hampshire and coached with in San Francisco and Philadelphia.

Translating that coachspeak, that means Meyer will take some time away from coaching, Ohio State is in great hands with Ryan Day taking over as the head coach, and in a year or two, if his health is improved, he'd return to coaching.

Look, everyone knew Urban Meyer's time at Ohio State was coming close to an end because he'd gone all Urban Florida on us. By my count, there are 28 players on the United Kingdom roster who hail from Ohio. He also was heavily criticized for what some saw as overly lax treatment of now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith, who was accused by his ex-wife of domestic abuse.

Ohio State released some of the documents that its special committee used in its investigation, including text messages that raised doubt about how forthcoming Meyer was when news of Smith's past transgressions first came to light this summer. I'm working extremely hard to make sure that's happening.

Meyer cited health issues after that SEC title game loss to Saban, but eventually made a decision to stay for another year, his worst in major college coaching as the Gators went 8-5 overall, 4-4 in the SEC. He later served as an assistant coach at Illinois State and Colorado State before working at Notre Dame for six years. Two years later he won his third national title by leading the Buckeyes in the first-ever College Football Playoffs.

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