Urban Meyer has interesting response when asked if he will coach again

Grant SmithDec 06, 2018

Ohio State will now turn to Day, a second-year Ohio State assistant who had never before been a head coach before he stepped in for Meyer this season.

- Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer is announcing his retirement Tuesday, the school said on Twitter.

Wilson said during Day's interim stint that he fully believes in Day's ability to lead Ohio State, and that he will be able to continue the success the Buckeyes have seen under Meyer. Meyer, who also has a cyst on his brain, has suffered from severe headaches in the past, and had brain surgery in 2014. The Buckeyes will play in the Rose Bowl against Washington on New Year's Day - Meyer's coaching finale.

This season, Ohio State is 12-1 and won the Big Ten conference title, but it did not make it into the final four of the College Football Playoff which will decide the national champion.

The timing of the announcement was based on recruiting, he said; it needed to be announced before the early signing period opens December 19. Meyer recorded his second flawless 12-0 season. He coached for two years at Bowling Green and two years at Utah before joining Florida in 2005. Meyer took a leave of absence after the 2009 season while at Florida after a health scare. Every one of those teams, except the first one which was banned from bowl games, was in the discussion for a national championship at some time in the season and the 2014 team won it all. Plus, Penn State is still lurking, even after a disappointing 2018, even as Trace McSorley moves to the NFL. (Television images from Buckeyes games this season often showed Meyer doubled over, seemingly in pain.) Both Thamel and Lesmerises say Meyer's health was a factor in his decision to step down.

"I am truly honored to be here today and am so appreciative to President Drake and Gene Smith for the faith they have in me to lead this team", Day said. While he said the headaches he has been dealing with started to hit "real hard" last season and again this year. he is young by coaching standards at age 54.

"It didn't take long for me to figure out what the expectations were on Ohio State football". Think of everything that had to happen for Meyer to end up at Ohio State.

"I thought he was very good in the classroom, teaching me the offense and the system, breaking it down and making it very simplistic where I would be able to understand it and translate it to the field", Murphy said.

It appeared to be a dream job for the Toledo native.

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. He said he planned on coming back to coach in 2019.

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