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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.

Austin Ward

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.