Meyer will depart OSU after a season in which he was suspended for three games over his handling of domestic abuse allegations against an assistant coach.
Meyer didn't feel Tuesday was the day to dissect his legacy but he briefly touched on it.
But the controversy that Meyer played a big part in creating was never going to completely go away.
Likewise, Gators fans adored the Head Ball Coach; they stomached Urban Meyer. Meyer said his decision had to come before the December 19 signing day. Asked if he would definitely return to Ohio State next year, he answered, "Yes".
"We have enjoyed an incredible run".
"I would honestly throw him in the quarterback guru category", one person who has worked with Day at Ohio State said.
"This will keep me healthier than not, because I'll have to get back in better shape, and I'll have something to do every morning", he said.
Even if you add in the two recruiting classes at Utah and the first class he signed at Florida, which finished 15th in 2005, Meyer's classes averaged 14th in the national rankings. Meyer's last game will be against the ninth-ranked Washington Huskies in Pasadena, California.
Ohio State will hold a press conference at 2 p.m.to make the announcement.
Urban Meyer coaches the Utes on a snowy day in Provo against BYU at Lavell Edwards Stadium 11/22/2003
As NPR's James Doubek reported, "Meyer fired Zach Smith, an assistant coach, on July 23 after learning of reports that".
No further details about the decision to retire were immediately available.
Meyer shocked college football by resigning at Florida after five seasons amid what he called stress-related health concerns that came to light when he suffered chest pains following the SEC championship game. I won't be sitting around staying up all night, at night with nothing to do. "It has always been a dream of mine and many of our coaches and players to compete in the Rose Bowl". He just took over at North Carolina.
Urban Meyer announced his retirement from Ohio State on Tuesday, and the Buckeyes embraced the Oklahoma model to carry on as a college football juggernaut.
But if the mark of a good coach is that his former players still love him, Meyer seems good on that count.
To minimize the impact of Meyer is foolish.
The university announced the decision today but did not say why he was leaving after seven years at the Big Ten school, where he has an 82-9 record. His teams are 186-32 overall for a.853 career winning percentage. He has a cyst in his brain that causes severe headaches.
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.
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