Ohio State coach Urban Meyer retires, led Florida to two national championships

Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer to announce retirement

Urban Meyer Retiring As Ohio State Football Coach

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer plans on retiring after this season, Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel reported Tuesday, citing sources.

Meyer, 54, is 82-9 in his seven seasons with the Buckeyes, winning three Big Ten titles, and one national championship in 2014.

His time at Ohio State wasn't without controversy. But health concerns caused Meyer to step away from the game in 2009, before returning to lead Ohio State in 2012, after making a promise to his family that he would take better care of himself. His teams won five off the six bowl games in which they competed with three BCS bowl game victories.

Offensive coordinator Ryan Day, the same coach who took over over for Meyer during his three-game suspension to open the season, will become the full-time coach.

"At the end of the day, I'm very convinced that you're going to be judged on how you are as a husband and as a father and not on how many bowl games we won", Meyer said at a campus news conference.

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Meyer led the Buckeyes to an undefeated record in his first season at the helm in 2012, one in which the program was barred from a bowl game due to NCAA sanctions.

In his 17 seasons as a head coach, Meyer compiled a 186-32 record. Overall, Meyer went 65-15 overall at Florida and 36-12 in SEC play.

Urban Meyer says leading the Buckeyes in the Rose Bowl is a bucket list item for him. That style was the driving force behind Florida's national championships in 2006 and 2008, Tim Tebow's legendary four-year career that included the 2007 Heisman Trophy, the Gators' rise back to national prominence following the Ron Zook era, and a boom period for the SEC.

If the Buckeyes make it to the College Football Playoff finals, Day will receive a $350,000 bonus.

Tate Martell #18 of the Ohio State Buckeyes breaks free on a 47-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter of the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. 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.

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