What Urban Meyer retirement means for Wolverines

Sherman Parsons
December 6, 2018

Urban Meyer, who will coach through the Rose Bowl until January 2, turned and looked at Ryan Day.

Meyer said a lot of things contributed to his decision to retire, including the Zach Smith situation, but he mostly focused on his headaches.

As Meyer walks away from coaching - perhaps for good - the final report card on that is mixed, at best.

I believe I don't believe him.

The university announced the move Tuesday. During a game against IN earlier this year, Meyer dropped to one knee on the sidelines due to the level of discomfort.

I can still hear the anger and disappointment in the voice of UF football legend and Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Jack Youngblood after Meyer accepted the job at Ohio State. Perhaps just as important as all of that, Meyer never lost to MI. "His strengths really come in the classroom and to be able to teach you and understand the game plan of what you want to accomplish and why you want to get that accomplished so you're successful". He served a three-game suspension to begin this season, which has been tumultuous on several different fronts.

Likewise, Gators fans adored the Head Ball Coach; they stomached Urban Meyer.

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Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, a three-time national champion and future College Football Hall of Famer, announced his retirement at a 2 p.m. ET press conference on Tuesday.

Meyer, 54, a Ohio native, came to Ohio State in 2012 after winning two BCS titles at Florida, which he also left in part because of health reasons (he spent one season working for ESPN). Given the trend toward finding offensive coaches, Day may have been in demand for coaching staffs that will be compiled in a matter of weeks. Meyer recorded his second ideal 12-0 season. He lost star defensive end Nick Bosa to an early season-ending injury, and the Buckeyes' defense never fully recovered.

The team alternated expected blowout wins with puzzling play that included a pair of one-point wins (Penn State, Maryland) and a closer-than-expected win over a struggling Nebraska team.

Just for kicks, here's a look at what the odds are of Meyer becoming the next head coach in Cleveland. It is a game Ohio State has won 14 of the last 15 times. That led to Florida's worst season under Meyer, a 8-5 (4-4 SEC) mark in 2010. Second-guessing is an Olympic sport in Ohio State's fan base.

Born in Toledo, Ohio, Meyer started his coaching career with a two-year stint at Bowling Green State.

His contract was extended in April by two years through 2022, increasing Meyer's salary to $7.6 million in 2018 with annual 6 percent raises.

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