Urban Meyer will retire from Ohio Sate after bowl game

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer walks off the field with his wife Shelley Meyer early Sunday Dec. 2 2018 after defeating Northwestern in the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game in Indianapolis. Ohio State won 45-24. (AP P

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer plans on retiring after this season, Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel reported Tuesday, citing sources.

Meyer will coach his last game in the Rose Bowl vs. Washington on January 1, 2019, and be succeeded by offensive coordinator Ryan Day.

At 54, Meyer is relatively young for a football coach, but health issues reportedly played a role in his decision. He will be replaced by offensive coordinator Ryan Day. He admitted during the season that a previously-revealed cyst on his brain was causing him problems but said that he was managing the pain and planned to coach next year.

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Less than a year later, he was hired at Ohio State. A year later, he actually resigned, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. Asked if he would definitely return to Ohio State next year, he answered, "Yes". OSU has won outright or shared seven division titles, three Big Ten championships and one national championship. Meyer's seventh season with Ohio State has been a controversial one that started with a three-game suspension for his handling of assistant Zach Smith's domestic violence arrest.

CBSSports.com reports Meyer's teams went 85-9 in his seven seasons as Ohio State coach, including a 55-4 Big Ten record.

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