Left out of the College Football Playoffs, Ohio State will play in the Rose Bowl against Washington, and Urban Meyer will step down as coach of the Buckeyes after it.
From Ohio State: Today Urban Meyer will formally announce his retirement following Ohio State’s appearance in the Rose Bowl. Ryan Day will be named head coach active Jan. 2. Press conference today at 2 pm with Meyer, Day and Gene Smith
— Bill Landis (@BillLandis25) December 4, 2018
Offensive coordinator Ryan Day, will interim coached the Buckeyes during Meyer’s suspension earlier this season will take over the duties for the time being.
Meyer has a black eye on his tenure as a Buckeye with the domestic violence scandal involving assistant Coach Zach Smith, a tight member of his staff. Meyer was given a four game suspension for his role in the incident.
Though there’s no direct reasoning from Meyer, sources indicate the coach’s unhappiness with the state of the program is the reason for leaving with his health also being a contributing factor. Meyer had brain surgery to remove cysts back in 2014
The 55-year-old began coaching the Buckeyes seven years ago after leaving the University of Florida.
He’ll enter the Rose Bowl with a record of 186-32 for his career (28th most wins by coach all-time) and a 82-9 record coaching the Buckeyes. Most importantly for Ohio State fans, he’ll finish undefeated, 7-0 against rival Michigan.
Meyer has coached four undefeated seasons during his career, claiming two BCS titles at Florida and a College Football Playoff title with Ohio State.