Speaking of college football, the big news in the sport today is that head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes will retire after this year’s Rose Bowl game against Washington. The coach has been plagued with consistent migraines due to inoperable cysts on his brain that continue to get worse. He will be replaced by OSU offensive coordinator Ryan Day in the 2019 season.
Meyer went 82-9 in his seven seasons as Ohio State coach, including a 54-4 Big Ten record. He has three national championships on his resume — one at Ohio State in 2014 and two at Florida in 2006 and 2008 — to go along with two undefeated seasons (2004 at Utah, 2012 at Ohio State). Since taking over Utah in 2003, Meyer’s teams have not missed a bowl game in 13 years in which they were eligible. He has nine conference titles in 14 seasons and has gone 10-3 in bowl competition. His teams are 186-32 overall for a .853 career winning percentage.
Bowling Green 2001-02
17-6 (11-5 MAC)
22-2 (13-1 MWC) Undefeated in 2004
65-15 (36-12 SEC) National titles in 2006, 2008
Ohio State 2012-2018
82-9 (54-4 Big Ten) National title in 2014
Meyer’s retirement comes on the heels of a tumultuous year in Columbus, Ohio, in which he was suspended for the first three games of the season after an investigation revealed that he mishandled domestic assault allegations made against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith, who was fired in late June.
Despite the controversy that swirled around him during the 2018 season and previously while coach at Florida, Meyer will go down as one of the best and most influential coaches in college football history.