Urban Meyer Retiring After Rose Bowl

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Meyer, Day and athletic director Gene Smith will conduct a 2 p.m. press conference Tuesday afternoon to discuss the developments.

Taking Meyer at his word that he is fairly certain he will never coach again means forgetting he's been down this road before only to come back.

This is it-until it isn't.

Brown told reporters that Meyer called him on Tuesday morning to tell him about his decision to retire after the Rose Bowl on January 1, a decision that was announced on Tuesday. This time around, the coach is calling it a retirement, rather than a resignation, but even that language proffers only a weak argument that Meyer is finished coaching for good.

The news follows a season filled with speculation about his future with the program for reasons ranging from his health - he has an enlarged congenital arachnoid cyst on his brain - to the way he handled domestic violence allegations against former assistant coach Zach Smith, which also led to his three-game suspension earlier this season.

Fans, sports writers and talkers love to debate about whether this coaching job is better than that job. His coaching wisdom and his elite ability to motivate and prepare a team is something everyone on this staff not only appreciates, but learns from and carries forward. I wouldn't be surprised if there's minimal coaching turnover in Columbus this year to ease the transition and offer some continuity for the first-year head coach.

With a 186-32 record over 17 seasons, Meyer steps down with one of the best winning percentages in the history of college football. Which brings us to the next question.

The success was nothing new for Meyer, who was a standout coach at Utah before he left for Florida in 2005 and rocketed to the top of the college football coaching ranks, a peer of Alabama coach Nick Saban in terms of respect and ability. Meyer explained that the headaches became severe last season during Ohio State's game at Penn State and have become a persistent problem this season.

"It has been an honor to represent for the last seven years this football program, my home state of OH, this university and community that I care so deeply about", Meyer said.

While the defense struggled, Day's offense was breaking records left and right, including the Big Ten single-season passing touchdown record, which quarterback Dwayne Haskins took from former Purdue QB Drew Brees.

Will Dwayne Haskins go pro?

He is an Ohio State guy to the core.

Day, in his second season as an Ohio State assistant, said he knows what the expectations of him are.

USC - The Trojans retained Clay Helton after a 5-7 season but made sweeping changes to his staff with an effort of radically different results next year.

A month ago, it seemed as if Haskins might benefit from another year at Ohio State to develop further and chase a playoff bid. "Number one, win the rivalry game". He's just one of 16 coaches with three or more national championships. Murphy said he recalls the then-coordinator was big on educating players on the game.

It's too soon to say.

Miami - For the same reasons Meyer would make a lot of sense at Florida State because of the recruiting benefits and path to the playoff, Miami could be a ideal post-retirement home. It's loaded with talent, in a state loaded with talent, where recruits' allegiance is to a program, not necessarily the man in charge. The succession of Day is similar to what happened at Oklahoma, with Lincoln Riley replacing Bob Stoops. Yes, the Buckeyes exploited the Wolverines' elite defense in The Game, but that doesn't take away from the strides MI has made.

In addition to the domestic abuse scandal, Meyer "has been slowed by headaches caused by a cyst", member station WOSU reports, adding, "The chatter increased after he looked more distressed and beleaguered than usual on the sideline during the 49-20 loss to unranked Purdue on October 20". MI may be the more immediate concern, but the Nittany Lions are going to keep dogging the Buckeyes for supremacy, too.

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