Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer has announced his retirement following the Rose Bowl game on Jan. 1.
Cleveland.com reports he is being forced to end his coaching career thanks to a brain cyst that has caused fears for his long-term health.
Ohio State plans to hold a news conference about Meyer’s retirement at 2 p.m. Offensive coordinator Ryan Day will become the Buckeyes’ new head coach.
As Cleveland.com’s Doug Lesmerises noted, the news is not a surprise.
“The news comes as no surprise, as retirement was one of the options available to Meyer as he battled the cyst, which caused him to drop to a knee on the sideline during the Indiana game,” Lesmerises wrote. “Meyer had brain surgery to drain the cyst in the spring of 2014, and another surgery is an option for treatment. But Meyer knew he couldn’t go on the way things were this season.”
Days earlier, Meyer deflected reports that 2019 would be his last season with Ohio State. “No comment,” he told reporters who posed the question before the Big Ten championship game.
Meyer was suspended for three games this season after an investigation into how Meyer handled domestic abuse allegations against Zach Smith, a former member of Meyer’s staff.
Meyer’s record at Ohio State is 82-9. His overall record as a head football coach is 186-32 and three national championships in 2006, 2008 and 2014. Meyer has won the Big Ten title three times and the SEC title twice. In addition to Ohio State, Meyer was head football coach at Bowling Green, Utah and Florida.
Meyer initially announced he would retire after the 2009 football season for the same health reasons he is retiring today, but later changed his mind and went on to coach another season for the Florida Gators. He accepted the head football coach position at Ohio State in November 2011.