Urban Meyer to retire after bowl game, replacement named

On Tuesday Urban Meyer announced that he would be stepping down as the head football coach at Ohio State after his team faces Washington in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day.  Ryan Day, the Buckeye’s offensive coordinator, will be taking over.

This decision comes after Meyer was suspended for the first three games of the season due to his handling of a sexual abuse report against former Buckeye assistant, Zach Smith.  Meyer also revealed earlier in the season that he has been dealing with an arachnoid cyst in his brain for 20 years, causing severe headaches, and forcing brain surgery in 2014.

Yahoo’s Pete Thamel and Cleveland.com’s Dough Lesmerises have said Meyer’s health was a factor in this decision.

Meyer was hired as the head coach of the Buckeyes on November 11th, 2011.  He has a record of 82-9 in seven seasons, including a national championship in 2014.

Meyer retired from Florida after the SEC Championship game in 2009 due to health concerns.  It was chest pains then.

A press conference is to be held by Ohio State around 2:00 PM.