Urban Meyer stepping away from Ohio State should come as no surprise

Urban Meyer retires from Ohio State but at age 54 is the former Ute coach really finished with college football

Additionally, the football program announced that Ryan Day, who served as acting head coach for the first three games of the 2018 season while Meyer was suspended, will be named as OSU's next head football coach.

The Buckeyes will play in the Rose Bowl against Washington on New Year's Day - Meyer's coaching finale. The 54-year-old coach revealed in October that he has an arachnoid cyst in his brain which causes frequent headaches.

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.

In 2011, Meyer was named the next head coach of Ohio State University.

Meyer, a three-time national champion, is 82-9 during his time in Columbus. He's just one of 16 coaches with three or more national championships.

Urban Meyer coaches the Utes on a snowy day in Provo against BYU at Lavell Edwards Stadium 11/22/2003
Urban Meyer coaches the Utes on a snowy day in Provo against BYU at Lavell Edwards Stadium 11/22/2003

Meyer, 54, who has spent the last seven seasons with the Ohio State program, including winning a national championship in 2014, was calling to tell him that he was stepping down.

Day, like Riley at OU, had completed two seasons as quarterback coach, though Day was not in charge of the Buckeye offense (Kevin Wilson is). Meyer's last game with the Buckeyes will be their Rose Bowl showdown with Washington on January 1. He will hope to continue Ohio State's run of successful seasons now that he has been appointed head coach. Citing concerns for his health and a desire to be with his family, Meyer resigned but eventually changed his mind and coached one more seasons with the Gators before stepping away in 2011.

Ohio State had just hung 62 points on MI and Urban Meyer remained ideal against his program's most bitter rival, so you wouldn't expect the reality of his situation to hit him as he was swimming through fans on the Ohio Stadium turf. With Meyer stepping down and Snyder retiring at KSU, Miami's Mark Richt moves to No. 2 among active coaches. Meyer came under fire for his response - or lack thereof - in regards to allegations of domestic abuse against one of his assistant coaches.

Among coaches who were active in 2018, Meyer ranked No. 3 in wins behind Alabama's Nick Saban and Kansas State's Bill Snyder. 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. When asked about it at last week's Big Ten Championship Game, he dropped a "No comment". He heads into the game with an 82-9 record during his Ohio State tenure, including a ideal record over archrival MI. He coached for two years at Bowling Green and two years at Utah before joining Florida in 2005. 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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