Meyer, whose resume finishes second only to that of Nick Saban among active college football coaches, announced he will retire after the Rose Bowl. He was a quarterback (for Chip Kelly) at New Hampshire and coached at his alma mater, Boston College, Florida (as a graduate assistant for Meyer), Temple, the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers before coming to Ohio State in 2017. Meyer, who also has a cyst on his brain, has suffered from severe headaches in the past, and had brain surgery in 2014. Meyer's last game with the Buckeyes will be their Rose Bowl showdown with Washington on January 1.
Meyer, who also won two national championships (2006 and 2008) at Florida, is in his 17th season as a head coach. Meyer said his decision had to come before the early signing period opens December 19. Prior to becoming a head coach, Meyer served as an assistant at Notre Dame (1996-2000), Colorado State (1990-95), Illinois State (1988-89) and Ohio State (1986-87), where he learned under mentor Earl Bruce.
A former defensive back at Cincinnati, Meyer's swift rise to coaching prominence prior to Florida was evident in his two years at Utah. Meyer took a leave of absence after the 2009 season while at Florida after a health scare.
Ohio State's national championship after the 2014 season put Meyer in elite company. North Carolina State coach Urban Meyer.
2013: Ohio State 63, Penn State 14: The Buckeyes dominated former Penn State coach Bill O'Brien's only visit to Columbus, with Miller throwing three touchdown passes and Carlos Hyde running for two.
Urban Meyer to step down at Ohio State
What is his salary at Ohio State? The university confirmed the news, announcing a 2 p.m. press conference for Tuesday. Two years later he won his third national title by leading the Buckeyes in the first-ever College Football Playoffs.
No further details about the decision to retire were immediately available. But because of NCAA sanctions that had been placed during the previous coach's term, Ohio State was unable to compete for the conference title.
Amid the scrutiny on Meyer's program, it also emerged that Zach Smith's treatment of his wife had drawn police scrutiny almost 10 years ago - shortly after Meyer first took him on as a graduate assistant at the University of Florida. His teams are 186-32 overall for a.853 career winning percentage. That record includes a 65-15 run with the Gators and an 82-9 mark with Ohio State entering the Rose Bowl against Washington.
Still, this does introduce an element of uncertainty to Ohio State's path at a time when MI looks as if it's found its footing under Jim Harbaugh. "And I saw that in Ryan Day", Meyer said.
First, if Meyer does come back, it's going to have to be a ideal fit with the potential for him to turn it into a national title contender.
It appeared to be a dream job for the Toledo native. On the same day, Day told ESPN he planned to interview for other openings to become a head coach.
In April, Ohio State announced Meyer had signed a two-year contract extension that would keep him at the helm through 2022.