Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to step down after Rose Bowl


"I've got a lot of respect for him".

This is it-until it isn't.

And a really good time to say goodbye.

"The truth is you have a football coach who devoted 33 years of my life to student athletes", Meyer said. His career winning percentage is the best in program history, and while at Florida, he became the first coach in FBS history with consecutive 13-win seasons. It's obvious, it's been well-publicized about his health issues.

It had been reported in late October that there was "friction" between Meyer/the football staff "and athletics leadership as well as within the program itself"; the head coach subsequently attempted to knock down that report, for what it's worth.

"I plan on coaching", he said on October 29. Which brings us to the next question.

Day reportedly turned down a head-coaching offer from Mississippi State and the Tennessee Titans' offensive coordinator role to stay at Ohio State after last season and is now getting the opportunity to lead the Buckeyes as the head man.

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Ohio State followed that with five straight wins, including a rout of archrival MI that gave the Buckeyes another division title and then pulled away for the easy win over Northwestern. Murphy noticed that Day was able to adjust his playcalling, rather than asking players to adjust to him, which is part of what has made him successful at Ohio State.

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It will be his first time coaching in the Rose Bowl. Those 17 prospects made up the smallest class Meyer signed in all of his 15 years between Utah, Florida and Ohio State. He went 22-2 in two years with the Utes, then in the Mountain West, going undefeated in 2004 with a Fiesta Bowl victory over Pittsburgh.

But the loss to Purdue weighed heavily and Ohio State finished No. 6 in the playoff rankings. But his last three games were phenomenal; against Maryland, Michigan and Northwestern, he was a combined 82 of 110 (74.5%), throwing for 14 touchdowns and just two interceptions.

Ohio State had a stretch of five straight wins this season, including a rout of archrival MI that gave the Buckeyes another division title and a win over Northwestern for the Big Ten championship. "I tried to delegate more and CEO more and the product started to feel.", he said, not finishing his thought.

Former safety Tyvis Powell tweeted that it "was truly an honor to play for not only the best coach in America, but a great mentor as well". The succession of Day is similar to what happened at Oklahoma, with Lincoln Riley replacing Bob Stoops.

Still, this does introduce an element of uncertainty to Ohio State's path at a time when MI looks as if it's found its footing under Jim Harbaugh. "But I'm prepared and ready for the task". Plus, Penn State is still lurking, even after a disappointing 2018, even as Trace McSorley moves to the NFL.