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. He lost star defensive end Nick Bosa to an early season-ending injury, and the Buckeyes' defense never fully recovered. The stress involved in coaching exacerbates the headaches he experiences.
Meyer's decision is health-related, as the head coach didn't believe he had what it takes anymore to coach at his highest level.
Buckeyes assistant Ryan Day -who was the interim coach during Meyer's three-game suspension at the start of the season - will take over the program.
Meyer's first national title win at Florida began a run where the SEC won seven straight titles from 2006-12, boosting the conference's value and innovating both the league and college football as a whole. Meyer was succinct in his response.
Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith on Tuesday said he knew Day would be his next coach "a couple of weeks ago ... for the last month, Urban and I every Sunday, we began to talk about potential transition".
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He later issued a statement apologizing directly to Smith's wife, saying, "Let me say here and now what I should have said on Wednesday: I sincerely apologize to Courtney Smith and her children for what they have gone through".
In addition to the two BCS National Championships and victories in three total BCS bowl appearances, Meyer led Florida to two SEC championships in three appearances and - at one point - a school-record 22-game winning streak.
Meyer took a leave of absence from Florida in 2010 after suffering from chest pains. After spending some time at Florida, Meyer resigned, citing he wanted more time with his family and had recently suffered a health scare. He previously coached at Bowling Green and Utah.
In April, Ohio State announced Meyer had signed a two-year contract extension that would keep him at the helm through 2022.
"The truth is you have a football coach who devoted 33 years of my life to student athletes", Meyer said. Mark Richt will be 59 next season and isn't on the hot seat, but if the program stalls out in the next two years, Richt could choose to retire, opening up a spot for Meyer to swoop in. It appeared to be a dream job for the Toledo native and success quickly followed. The outside world thinks he's a Notre Dame guy.