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Ohio State coach Urban Meyer will retire after Rose Bowl

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer will retire after Rose Bowl”

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.

"I've learned so much from you on a daily basis and will forever be in debt to you", Day said to Meyer during the press conference.

It's a fitting end for Meyer, who gets to check a Pasadena sunset off his coaching bucket list for the first time in his well-decorated career.

He started his head-coaching career at Bowling Green in 2001 and moved on to Utah two seasons later before taking the Florida job in 2005 and rocketing to the top of the college football coaching ranks, a peer of Alabama coach Nick Saban, victor of six national championships. He has never lost more than two games in any one season with the Buckeyes. Meyer worked as a TV analyst for ESPN for one year before taking the Buckeyes job.

The Buckeyes say Meyer will retire after the Rose Bowl game against Washington on January 1. He took a hiatus from coaching, but he wasn't done.

By stepping down now, Meyer ensures the greatest continuity for Ohio State. 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.

Less than a year later, he was hired at Ohio State. If Florida State is mired in mediocrity for the next two years, they could pull the plug and chase Meyer to see if he'd be interested in returning to the Sunshine State. Day coached the team in Meyer's absence. Meyer came under fire for his response - or lack thereof - in regards to allegations of domestic abuse against one of his assistant coaches.

Meyer's college football finale will be a heavy focus in the coming month, especially after a 12-1 season filled with health issues, some close calls on the field and a three-game suspension.

Despite the controversial blip in his career, Meyer easily had one of the most successful coaching careers of all time. Meyer led the program to a New Year's Six/BCS bowl in every year in which the Buckeyes were eligible during his tenure in Columbus, Ohio. Today, he's worth an estimated $20 million. But when he resigned from the job, he left part of that money behind.

Rutgers coach Chris Ash was defensive coordinator for UrbanMeyer for two seasons at Ohio State, including the 2014 national championship team. He reportedly resides in OH with his wife in a massive 12,000-square-foot mansion.

The school announced earlier in the day that Meyer would step down after the Buckeyes' appearance in the Rose Bowl. The 54-year-old coach revealed in October that he has an arachnoid cyst in his brain which causes frequent headaches. It's suspected that this is a major reason for his retirement.



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