What Urban Meyer retirement means for Wolverines

Elena Summers
December 6, 2018

When Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer announced he was retiring Tuesday, the college football world reacted not with warm goodbyes and glowing tributes but with cynical comments and skeptical columns. You could argue that his responses were hard to interpret.

When discussing the expectations at Ohio State, Day said the top one is to "win the rivalry game", followed by winning "every game after that". But that immediately drew skepticism, along with questions about how long Meyer had known about the accusations - and whether he had reported them, as required by Title IX. I know Florida one time I thought we were close to going.

"I believe I will not coach again", said Meyer, who will have a yet-to-be-determined role at the school. He probably is genuinely uncertain of what the future will hold.

Let's not forget, it was just a couple of days ago when Meyer said he planned on coaching at Ohio State next season. Losing top pass rusher Nick Bosa early in the season was a blow, but in past years, Ohio State has been able to move on from injuries without missing a beat. He has never lost more than two games in any one season with the Buckeyes. "I've got a lot of respect for him".

An Ohio native who played his college football at Cincinnati, Meyer's first coaching job at the collegiate level came as a graduate assistant on Earle Bruce's OSU staff in 1986-87.

At a news conference, Meyer said the headaches he suffers from the cyst that he has in his brain became severe last season during Ohio State's game at Penn State and have become a persistent problem this season.

It's no secret, I am not big fan of Urban Meyer.

Meyer led the Gators to national championships in 2006 and 2008 and went 13-1 three times at UF (also in 2009). Brown, 67, will be 68 years old when the 2019 season kicks off.

Smith was a sophomore football player at Notre Dame when Ara Parseghian left coaching at the age of 51 and never returned.

"The decision was a result of cumulative events", Meyer said during a packed news conference.

He first retired from Florida in 2009 only to change his mind before the Sugar Bowl and chose to remain with the program on a lighter off-field schedule after a short leave of absence. He went 22-2 in two years with the Utes, then in the Mountain West, going undefeated in 2004 with a Fiesta Bowl victory over Pittsburgh.

But even before he announced his resignation Tuesday - ostensibly for health reasons - it was becoming increasingly clear that Meyer wouldn't be completing a contract that paid him $7.6 million a season and ran through 2022.

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