Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Ohio State’s Urban Meyer Stepping Down After Rose Bowl

Ohio State’s Urban Meyer Stepping Down After Rose Bowl

Meyer will be replaced by offensive coordinator Ryan Day - who led the team when the head coach served his suspension for the first three games of the 2018 season.

The Urban Meyer coaching era at Ohio State will end with the Rose Bowl vs. Washington on January 1, the school confirmed for The Dispatch on Tuesday, and the Ryan Day era will begin in earnest.

Meyer, who has coached Ohio State for the past seven seasons, will formally announce he's stepping down at a 2 p.m. news conference in Columbus alongside Day and athletic director Gene Smith. In 2014, Meyer had brain surgery to address a congenital arachnoid cyst, but he still deals with occasional painful headaches. Spence would be suspended for the Buckeyes' bowl game that year, however, after failing a drug test.

This season, Ohio State is 12-1 and won the Big Ten conference title, but it did not make it into the final four of the College Football Playoff which will decide the national champion.

Those are pretty long odds against the Browns hiring Meyer, who does have some scandal factor and health issues involved in his departure from Ohio State. He went 3-0 in those games.

As NPR's James Doubek reported, "Meyer fired Zach Smith, an assistant coach, on July 23 after learning of reports that".

That's the prediction I made in October and November based on what we'd seen from Meyer's career so far. His time with the Gators was not without controversy, however, as the program saw a boom in player arrests and off-field incidents under his watch.

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Meyer played collegiately at Cincinnati, spent two years as an unpaid graduate assistant at Ohio State, and worked 13 seasons as a salaried assistant at Illinois State, Colorado State, and Notre Dame.

Operating under the belief that Meyer will return to coaching in the next two years, these are some of the colleges that could potentially be fits for Meyer to get back in the game.

"Can you say for sure you'll be back next year at Ohio State?" a reporter followed up.

Lesmerises asked if he was fairly certain, "I am certain yes, Meyer said".

He told the Herald-Leader's Ben Roberts last summer, "A lot of people probably don't care for Urban Meyer".

As of now United Kingdom has four commitments for 2019 out of OH - safety Moses Douglass and defensvie tackle Isaiah Gibson from Springfield; wide receiver JaVonte Richardson from Maple Heights and defensive tackle Cavon Butler from Toledo.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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