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Urban Meyer will be retiring after coaching the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.

There were no heavy hearts; only cocked eyebrows. It's suspected that this is a major reason for his retirement. Day coached the team in Meyer's absence. "He said, 'If I can't coach like I need to coach, I'm not going to coach'". I wouldn't be surprised if there's minimal coaching turnover in Columbus this year to ease the transition and offer some continuity for the first-year head coach.

And neither does anybody else - including Meyer himself.

Meyer said he knew about the accusations against Smith - grandson of former Ohio State coach Earle Bruce - but wasn't sure they were true and kept Smith on staff because no criminal charges were filed.

Along with an 82-9 in seven seasons with Ohio State, Meyer also won the 2014 national championship. "I can lie to you and say it is not important to me".

Moments later, Meyer was asked if this is truly the end of his football career to which he replied, "That's a complicated question".

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

The university hasn't given any other details at this time. Within weeks after leaving UF (and getting a $1 million retirement bonus on his way out the door), he was traveling the country as a roving ESPN college football commentator.

Recruitment: Ohio State's battle for Young came down to the local school, Maryland, and another national power in Alabama. Urban Meyer is an Ohio State guy. Youngblood had considered Meyer a close friend - until he felt Meyer lied to him. Then here in [2014] I thought we were going. "When it turns out to not be the truth, that doesn't [put him] very high on my Christmas-card list".

Brown, who was hired to coach the Tar Heels last week after spending five years off the field, said Meyer's decision has put things into perspective for him. Meyer had considered stepping down long before it was announced Tuesday morning, but that Michigan Saturday was when he had to accept it. He later served as an assistant coach at Illinois State and Colorado State before working at Notre Dame for six years.

That win signified everything about Meyer's seven-year run.

Offensive coordinator Ryan Day is expected to take over as Ohio State head coach. I think his ego took such a hit and his arrogance is so huge that he made the decision to leave right after the suspension.

It's no secret, I am not big fan of Urban Meyer. Those three games pushed Haskins into serious Heisman consideration, and they also might be an impetus for him to go pro, though the Buckeyes' elevation of Day, with whom Haskins is comfortable, will provide a level of continuity that might convince the quarterback to give college one more season. However, you can not deny his greatness. He coached for two years at Bowling Green and two years at Utah before joining Florida in 2005.


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