Tue. 8:26 am: OSU coach Meyer retiring after Rose Bowl

Tue. 8:26 am: OSU coach Meyer retiring after Rose Bowl

Meyer's last game with the Buckeyes will be their Rose Bowl showdown with Washington on January 1.

Offensive coordinator Ryan Day, the same coach who took over over for Meyer during his three-game suspension to open the season, will become the full-time coach. Urban Meyer is an Ohio State guy.

Smith applauded Meyer's level of success - he has an 82-9 record in seven seasons - and impact at Ohio State.

"I'm fully aware I'm ultimately responsible for this situation", Meyer said in August. He's also 54, and although that's young to retire, he's had a long career of coaching and likely wants to spend more time with his family.

Brown says Meyer "explained to me that he has the health issues and that's totally the reason he's stepping away, and it's time for him to do that". I know Florida one time I thought we were close to going.

After beginning his head coaching career at Bowling Green, Meyer moved on to Utah and had a flawless 12-0 season in 2004 before stepping into the spotlight when he accepted the top job at Florida in 2005. He also rushed for three touchdowns against Maryland, salvaging one of the Buckeyes' worst defensive performances this season and highlighting exactly how much Ohio State needed him this year.

But that doesn't mean there aren't questions facing both Ohio State and Meyer, no matter how neatly disseminated the news might have been.

Kelly is now the head coach at UCLA. Day coached the team in Meyer's absence. He said he is ready for the task of keeping the Buckeyes as an elite program.

Meyer is expected to formally announce he is stepping down at a press conference at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

"The truth is you have a football coach who devoted 33 years of my life to student athletes", Meyer said. His career winning percentage is the best in program history, and while at Florida, he became the first coach in FBS history with consecutive 13-win seasons.

Meyer says the timing of his retirement was based on recruiting. The Buckeyes need to figure out how to stay engaged for lesser opponents and how to limit big plays-and that may take a change on the coaching staff. He said in August, and Ohio State's medical staff confirmed, debilitating headaches are impacting him daily.

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