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

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

Urban Meyer, the coach who won three national football championships and was suspended for three games this season for his handling of domestic violence allegations against a now-fired assistant, will retire after Ohio State plays in the Rose Bowl. The team has appointed Ryan Day to be the new head coach, and fortunately for Day it seems that many of Meyer's coaches are planning to stay with the program and lead his transition.

A 2 p.m. news conference has been scheduled. Meyer, who also has a cyst on his brain, has suffered from severe headaches in the past, and had brain surgery in 2014. Meyer was flawless in seven tries against MI - he is retiring with more career wins over Ohio State than Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh - and even when the world thought Ohio State was.

Additionally, Meyer is the only coach to win two national championships at Florida and one of only four coaches to win a national title at Ohio State.

There is little doubt that this has been one of the most trying seasons in the 54-year-old's coaching career.

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He has instead spent considerable time with his family and worked to position himself for a post-conviction career. His sentencing was delayed for several months but even close confidantes have told ABC News they don't know why.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer walked off the field with his wife, Shelley Meyer, early Sunday, after defeating Northwestern in the Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis.

Meyer has a 82-9 record during his time in Columbus, went 7-0 against MI and also finishes with a 54-4 record in Big Ten play. He is an Ohio State guy. This also isn't the first time Meyer has stepped away from coaching.

"It has been an honor to represent for the last seven years this football program, my home state of OH, this university and community that I care so deeply about", Meyer said.

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. During his suspension, the team was run by Day, the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. His teams are 186-32 overall for a.853 career winning percentage. If Kelly gets the itch to pursue the National Football League in the next two years, Notre Dame's first call would be to Meyer to see if he would be interested and if his health would allow it. After stepping down at Florida because of stress-related health concerns, he took the Ohio State job before the 2012 season after Jim Tressel was forced out for lying to the NCAA amid a memorabilia-for-tattoos scandal. He was the wide receivers coach at Notre Dame from 1996-2000 before moving on to his first head-coaching job, directing Bowling Green from 2001-02 before leaving for the same post at Utah. Meyer was making a reported $4 million per year while coaching the Gators; he signed a contract with the team worth $24 million.

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