Urban Meyer retiring as coach of Ohio State

Urban Meyer retiring as coach of Ohio State

Meyer ultimately was suspended for the Buckeyes' summer program and the first three games of the 2018 season.

By stepping down now, Meyer ensures the greatest continuity for Ohio State.

Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks the side lines in the game against the Northwestern Wildcats in the first quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Meyer's last game with the Buckeyes will be their Rose Bowl showdown with Washington on January 1. The university cited that lapse in suspending Meyer for the first three games of the season after an investigation. The investigation showed that he tolerated bad behavior for years from Smith, including domestic-violence accusations, drug addiction, lies and other acts that directly clash with the values Meyer touts publicly. He lost star defensive end Nick Bosa to an early season-ending injury, and the Buckeyes' defense never fully recovered.

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Day is finishing his second season as Ohio State's offensive coordinator. A shocking blowout loss at unranked Purdue on October 20 pushed Ohio State to the fringe of the national championship chase and prompted all sorts of questions about Meyer's future. He has gone 81-9 in seven seasons at OSU, and 185-32 overall including stops for two years at Bowling Green, two at Utah and six at Florida.

Ohio State faces Washington in the Rose Bowl on January 1 in Pasadena, California.

After beginning his head coaching career at Bowling Green, Meyer moved on to Utah and had a ideal 12-0 season in 2004 before stepping into the spotlight when he accepted the top job at Florida in 2005. But health concerns caused Meyer to step away from the game in 2009, before returning to lead Ohio State in 2012, after making a promise to his family that he would take better care of himself.

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He also shared a photo of him embracing Hegerberg, stating that she told him she understood it was just a joke. In the video he shared, he said, "Guys, I'm a little bit amazed by what I'm reading on the internet".

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