Urban Meyer to Retire After Rose Bowl

Ohio State has called a 2 p.m. press conference to announce that football coach Urban Meyer is retiring after the Rose Bowl, and offensive coordinator Ryan Day will succeed him. 

Meyer, age 54, has dealt with an enlarged congenital arachnoid cyst on his brain for the past 20 years, but which flared up even more notably the past two, causing him severe headaches. He collapsed during the Indiana game this year, and when that caused speculation about his future, he said he wanted to remain at his post "as long as I can." 

It is unknown how many of the team's current assistants will return, but according to multiple reports, some of the key infrastructure of Meyer's tenure in terms of the staff will remain in place. That includes director of player development Ryan Stamper, strength coach Mickey Marotti, recruiting coordinator Mark Pantoni, and Brian Voltolini, who works in football operations. 

Among Meyer's many accomplishments, his Buckeyes won the first ever College Football Playoff Championship, beating Oregon on January 12, 2015 at AT&T Stadium by a final score of 42-20. 

  • Meyer won national championships with Florida in 2006 and 2008 and 2014 at Ohio State, making him the only modern era coach to win titles in two different conferences. He went 3-0 in national championship games. 
  • His career record in bowl games/playoff games going into the Rose Bowl is 11-3. 
  • Meyer went 3-4 in Big Ten championship games with wins in 2014, 2017, and 2018. 
  • He coached at least 31 All-Americans.
  • Meyer will finish with either 83 or 84 victories, the fourth most in Ohio State program history. 
  • He was 7-0 against rival Michigan. 
  • He went 25-9 vs. top ten teams, 13-5 while at OSU. 
  • Meyer never lost (7-0) in overtime. 

Day will be the 25th coach in program history, and went 3-0 when he stepped in for Meyer during a three-game suspension Meyer served at the beginning of this season for a failure to adequately discipline receivers coach Zach Smith. 

Meyer's Record Courtesy of Ohio State Communications

Meyer's Record Courtesy of Ohio State Communications

105.7 The Zone will air the 2 p.m. press conference, with a special edition of "The Drive with Jackson and McCoy" to follow.

Matt McCoy and Stan Jackson will also lead you into today's press conference with an hour-long special that starts at 1 p.m.