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Urban Meyer retirement: Ohio State coach stepping down after Rose Bowl

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Urban Meyer is retiring from Ohio State after seven seasons in charge. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Urban Meyer retirement: Ohio State coach stepping down after Rose Bowl

COLUMBUS — The legendary run of Urban Meyer is coming to an end at Ohio State.

After a difficult seventh season in charge of the Buckeyes, which started with a suspension for mismanaging a troubled employee and was capped with another Big Ten championship with significant health issues throughout, Meyer is stepping down from his post.

The school announced the move in a press release on Tuesday morning. Meyer’s final game in charge will be the Rose Bowl against Washington on Jan. 1 — and Ryan Day will then take over at Ohio State as his successor.

Meyer has consistently expressed his wishes to continue coaching as long as his health allows. And despite a new regime and an improved way of managing the symptoms from an arachnoid cyst in his brain, the pain triggered by intensity was always likely to be too much for Meyer to handle over the long haul.

In previous interviews with Lettermen Row, Meyer had expressed a desire to do right by his family, which includes three kids with wife, Shelley, and a grandchild with one more on the way. That all begins with managing his health, which dates back to his first day accepting his dream job at Ohio State when he signed a pink contract written by his daughter Nicki to ensure that his family remained his top priority after struggling with that at Florida.

Meyer leaves Ohio State in perhaps the strongest shape the program has ever been, having upgraded recruiting, overseen the addition of the wildly popular Real Life Wednesdays educational series — and won at an extremely high level. The transition to Day should ensure some continuity on the recruiting trail and with the most explosive offense in the Big Ten.

Ohio State has scheduled a press conference for Tuesday afternoon. Lettermen Row will have much, much more to come on this major developing story.

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Brunstar

Undefeated against TTUN, 3 B1G titles, and 1 national championship. Thanks for everything Coach Meyer.

Rob T
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Thanks Coach for the Awesome 7 years. I hope you enjoy your retirement Champ!

Buckeye Phan
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Buckeye Phan

Thanks for a great run at tOSU, family and health always trumps work. Hope he has less stress in retirement.

georgeTheBuckeye
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georgeTheBuckeye

dang, wish it weren’t true, what an incredible run we Buckeyes have enjoyed. Very happy that UFM gets to exit on HIS terms. It will be incredibly difficult, if not unlikely, to duplicate his successes. Backhanded thanks McMurphy, ZS and Dr.Drake for your support in expediting the end to a glorious career.

Michael Fehily
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Michael Fehily

Thank you Coach Meyer and your family and certainly all those great young men who had a chance to feel your conviction for the last great sport in America, College Football. Every other coach prior to Urban, even before Woody, has been fired. Can someone tell who wasn’t fired from the best coaching job in America? May the winning tradition continue and best of luck to Ryan Day, you have all our support
Michael Patrick Fehily, class of ’70: Sarasota, Fl

Mary Ellen Napier
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Mary Ellen Napier

Thank you Urban breaks my heart that you are leaving please don’t go far you will be missed

John
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John

Gonna miss you so much Coach. Breaks my heart that you’re having to leave something you love so much, but I know you’re going to feel better without all the pressure. God bless!

Kid Buckeye
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Kid Buckeye

I know you didn’t want to go out this way but health and family comes first.
Please help with recruiting.
Thanks coach.

Andy F
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Andy F

82-9 (likely 83-9), 7-0 vs *ichigan, a National Championship, 3 BIG Championships, 2 undefeated seasons, six 12+ win seasons, worst season 11-2, 90.1% win record, was AP ranked 3rd or higher every season 2012-2018, and 3/5 appearances in CFP.

All in seven years!

What. A. Fantastic. Run!

Thank you Urban!

Colortv1967
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Colortv1967

I’m being petty, but it’s 2/5. Ohio State has made the CFP twice, not three times. Meyer is an elite coach and the game will not be as good without him. I wish you well and hope you can enjoy this next phase of your life.

710
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710

Not surprising.

Thanks Coach!

Austin Ward is Lettermen Row's senior writer covering Ohio State football and basketball. The award-winning journalist has covered the Buckeyes since 2012, spending five of those seasons working for ESPN after previous stints at the Casper Star-Tribune and Knoxville News Sentinel.

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