Urban Meyer to retire after Rose Bowl

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COLUMBUS (WCMH/AP) — A release from the Ohio State University says football coach Urban Meyer will retire after the Rose Bowl.

OSU made the announcement Tuesday morning.

Meyer will use a press conference Tuesday at 2pm to formally announce his retirement from coaching following Ohio State’s appearance in the Rose Bowl Game, and Athletic Director Gene Smith will name offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day as the 25th head coach in the history of the program, beginning Jan. 2.

On the Friday before the Big 10 Championship game, Meyer declined to comment on his future with the Buckeyes after a report was released that he planned to step down as coach. 

Meyer has been dealing with lingering health issues which have been causing him occasional severe headaches this season. The headaches are related to an arachnoid cyst in his brain that he has been dealing with for years.

Meyer has piled up wins at Ohio State after a similar run over six years at Florida that included two national championships. After stepping down at Florida due to stress-related health concerns, he took the Ohio State job before the 2012 season after Jim Tressel was forced out for lying to the NCAA amid a memorabilia-for-tattoos scandal. It appeared to be a dream job for the Toledo native and success quickly followed.

His contract was extended in April by two years through 2022, increasing Meyer’s salary to $7.6 million in 2018 with annual 6 percent raises. Meyer has about $38 million left on his contract.

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 in terms of respect and ability.

Meyer will be joined at the press conference by Gene Smith, and Day.

Day received a big pay raise for his time as the football team’s Acting Head Coach at the start of the season.

Day received a one-time payment of $487,000 in his September 30 paycheck.

Day served in the expanded role from August 1, 2018, through September 16, 2018.

The payment is in addition to his $1 million per year salary, agreed to during with the signing of a new contract in February.

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