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Urban Meyer named Assistant Athletic Director

Urban Meyer has announced he’s retiring from coaching football, and Ryan Day is going to be his replacement. Lots of speculation has happened concerning his future. Will he coach again? Where? How long before he’s on the sidelines again?

Earlier this week, some of the speculation was hushed when it was announced Meyer would be teaching a leadership class in Fisher, but this news puts even more of it to rest. Following his retirement, Urban Meyer will be Ohio State’s assistant Athletic Director.


Meyer will step into the position on Jan. 2, the day after the Buckeyes play Washington in the Rose Bowl.

From Eleven Warriors:

Meyer will fill the position of assistant athletic director starting on January 2, the day after the Buckeyes’ Rose Bowl showdown against Washington. His office won’t be in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center—Ohio State’s primary football facility—but rather across the street at the Fawcett Center.

That move has meaning. Smith wants Meyer lending his services to the entire athletic department, not just the football program. And while the team he coached the last seven years will be a primary focus, Smith doesn’t want Meyer hovering over Ryan Day’s football program.

If he sees that happening, Smith won’t hesitate to reel Meyer back in.

It will be interesting to see the dynamic has in his first year as assistant AD, especially how he interacts with Ryan Day and the football team.

All of the people (myself included) who predicted he’d coach somewhere else can now rest easy knowing they were DEAD WRONG because Urban Meyer is soon to be assistant AD at Ohio State.

(For the record: My prediction was that Meyer would take 1 or 2 years to himself, then return to coaching football at a smaller Ohio School. Specifically, I thought he’d go to Cincinnati. Just wanted to include that so that there’s an actual record of my wrongness.)


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