Ohio State's Urban Meyer to Retire from Coaching

Ohio State's Urban Meyer to Retire from Coaching

Ohio State's Urban Meyer to Retire from Coaching

One of Ohio State's biggest commitments in the 2019 class is ESPN 300 wide receiver Garrett Wilson, the 13th-ranked prospect overall out of Texas, who said that Day's openness and coaching style were things that drew him to the Buckeyes.

Acting head coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on before the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. His last game will be in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.

"I don't see him coaching again".

Day, like Riley at OU, had no real connection to Ohio State.


As Peter King pointed out on Tuesday's PFT Live, Titans coach Mike Vrabel wanted to bring Day to Tennessee as the offensive coordinator. Day coached the team in Meyer's absence. CFT had caught wind of speculation that it wouldn't be surprising at all if Meyer were not the Buckeyes' head coach next season, whispers that grew a little louder given the embarrassing loss in West Lafayette this and what some have described as Meyer's "anguished... emotional... erratic" sideline demeanor. "To finish that last game the way they did [a victory over Northwestern in the Big Ten championship] is pretty impressive". With a Big-Ten title, a Rose-Bowl win and a final, dominant win over MI to seal his 7-0 record, it's hard to see how he could leave on a higher note.

Meyer went 82-9 in his seven seasons as Ohio State coach, including a 54-4 Big Ten record. A long resume of turning teams around, championships at two schools, and a highly praised coaching career at Ohio State made him one of the highest-paid football coaches. But Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller produced three scores, and linebacker Ryan Shazier returned an interception for a touchdown. After stepping down at Florida because of 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.

The "rivalry game" is of course against MI. "And number two, win every game after that", he said. But to his grave, he will always want to be remembered as being an Ohio State man and a great Ohio State coach. Yes, the Buckeyes exploited the Wolverines' elite defense in The Game, but that doesn't take away from the strides MI has made.

Day knows the routine. "I didn't feel I was doing right by our players and by Gene [Smith, the athletic director]". Those 17 prospects made up the smallest class Meyer signed in all of his 15 years between Utah, Florida and Ohio State.

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