Urban Meyer To Retire Following Rose Bowl


A big part of being a college coach is recruiting, and Day has shown he is willing to go far and wide to find prospects.

Ohio State's inquiry revealed that Meyer had known about domestic abuse allegations against Smith since at least 2015, when police investigated the case - and when, according to Courtney Smith, she told Meyer's wife about it. Big college football programs pay big bucks for that kind of success, and Ohio State is no exception. The Buckeyes were able to get Young on campus for an extended visit in April of his junior year and out-battled the Terrapins and Crimson Tide to land his commitment in July. He said he planned on coming back to coach in 2019. Or could one of the most successful college coaches of all time be thinking about jumping to, say, the Browns, joining forces with the guy who skewered the O with an Sooners flag?

Remember that initially Meyer said he was going to spend more time with his family and get healthy.

A news conference was scheduled for today during which Meyer is to announce his retirement, with co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day appointed the team's 25th head coach.

Meyer said he knew about the accusations against Smith - grandson of former Ohio State coach Earle Bruce - but wasn't sure they were true and kept Smith on staff because no criminal charges were filed.

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The Ohio State athletic director dropped that line at the end of an answer about The Athletic's report in September that the university was interested in positioning offensive coordinator Ryan Day as coach-in-waiting whenever Urban Meyer's tenure was over. He later served as an assistant coach at Illinois State and Colorado State before working at Notre Dame for six years. He has three national championships on his resume - one at Ohio State in 2014 and two at Florida in 2006 and 2008 - to go along with two undefeated seasons (2004 at Utah, 2012 at Ohio State).

Ohio State could have spent much of the season watching other coaches, but in each of those instances, the university would have had to imagine those coaches at OSU. If Florida State is mired in mediocrity for the next two years, they could pull the plug and chase Meyer to see if he'd be interested in returning to the Sunshine State. He has a 54-4 record in Big Ten games and has won three national championships - one at Ohio State and two with the Florida Gators.

But the loss to Purdue weighed heavily and Ohio State finished No. 6 in the playoff rankings. Meyer was given a three-game suspension for his role in the controversy.

Everyone had to chase Meyer, who would win two titles, and that chase led to to the hire of Nick Saban, who arrived in the SEC two years after Meyer got to Florida. He will be walking away with $38 million left on his contract.