Meyer stepping down at Ohio State, Day to take over

Urban Meyer is stepping down as Ohio State head coach.

Meyer will coach the final game of the season in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 2 and offensive coordinator Ryan Day will be named head coach of the Buckeyes.

Day replaced Meyer for the first three games of the season when Meyer was suspended for not disclosing the extent of wrongdoing by assistant coach Zach Smith.

Meyer, who denied friction with athletic director Gene Smith, plans to retire from coaching, according to a release from Ohio State distributed Tuesday morning.

He has a career record of 186-32. Meyer is 82-9 in seven seasons at Ohio State.

Reports of Meyer’s retirement were denied by Smith on Friday, a day before the Buckeyes beat Northwestern for the Big Ten championship. On the same day, Day told ESPN he planned to interview for other openings to become a head coach.

Meyer previously stepped down as head coach at Florida for health reasons. He said in August, and Ohio State’s medical staff confirmed, debilitating headaches are impacting him daily.

–Field Level Media

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