Former Buckeyes linebacker Joshua Perry says in a tweet that aside from his parents, Meyer was "one of the most influential people to touch my life".
Ryan Day, who now is Ohio State's offensive coordinator, will take over as the Buckeyes' head coach starting January 2. Meyer's last game with the Buckeyes will be their Rose Bowl showdown with Washington on January 1.
Meyer's career at Florida ended abruptly as he first made a decision to retire following the 2009 season only to change his mind and announce he would remain with the Gators.
Meyer's retirement comes on the heels of a tumultuous year in Columbus, Ohio, in which he was suspended for the first three games of the season after an investigation revealed that he mishandled domestic assault allegations made against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith, who was sacked in late June. "[Brian] Kelly, Coach Meyer, everybody has been eyeballing him since he was a young graduate assistant".
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The university announced the move Tuesday. A year later, he actually resigned, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.
After seven years and a national championship at Ohio State, the 54-year-old Meyer will formally announce his departure today at a news conference. He will still consider Ohio State moving forward.
Meyer had a wildly successful run in Columbus, which he looks to culminate with a Rose Bowl victory.
Meyer's final season at Ohio State will go down as his most tumultuous. Perhaps just as important as all of that, Meyer never lost to MI.
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Being a 2020 propect, Ohio State has roughly 13 months to re-convince Cavazos that Ohio State is where he wants to be. He said he planned on coming back to coach in 2019. Off-the-field issues, including a three-game suspension for mismanagement of an assistant coach accused of domestic violence, had worn on him.
Day's opening statements were what you would expect from any head coach taking over a program.
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer is retiring, the school said on Tuesday.
He won two national titles at Florida and added a third at Ohio State. 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. 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. It will help in recruiting and it could even help on the field as early as next season.
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Ohio State followed that with five straight wins, including a rout of archrival MI that gave the Buckeyes another division title and then pulled away for an easy win over Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship. Second-guessing is an Olympic sport in Ohio State's fan base. After stepping down at Florida because of stress-related health concerns, he took the Ohio State job before the 2012 season after Jim Tressel was forced out for lying to the NCAA amid a memorabilia-for-tattoos scandal. Meyer has about $38 million left on his contract.