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UPDATED: Urban Meyer to Step Down after Rose Bowl

Urban Meyer, who’s been with Ohio State since 2012, will be stepping down as head coach after this year’s Rose Bowl. Offensive coordinator Ryan Day will be his replacement as head coach.

In seven years with the program, Meyer was 82-9 (.901 winning percentage good for best all time with at least 5 games coached) and won a national championship in 2014.


According to Ohio State Athletics on Twitter,  a press conference detailing Meyer’s decision will be available at 2 p.m.

From Yahoo Sports:

A myriad of factors contributed to Meyer’s decision, but sources say foremost among them was his happiness with the state of the Ohio State program he inherited seven years ago. Meyer, 54, will be replaced by Ryan Day, the 39-year-old offensive coordinator who served as Ohio State’s interim coach earlier this season. The university will announce Day as the permanent replacement on Tuesday, and the team was scheduled to be informed in a meeting early Tuesday morning.

Meyer’s overall record as a college football coach right now stands at 186-32, and he’ll have a chance to improve that to 187 (or 83 with Ohio State) if he’s able to secure a win in the Rose Bowl.

UPDATE: Urban Meyer, Gene Smith and Ryan Day held a press conference at 2 p.m. on Dec. 4 to discuss Meyer’s retirement and Day’s new position as head coach. From the press conference:

One big thing that Urban Meyer wanted was a succession plan for after he left. He got just that with Ryan Day, who was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach. The 39-year-old served as acting head coach during Meyer’s suspension earlier in the season and went 3-0 during that span.

There’s been lots of speculation about if Meyer will coach again and where he might go. Meyer attempted to put those rumors to rest:

And, if you were wondering about what Ryan Day’s salary will be, wonder no more. From Eleven Warriors:

Day will make $4.5 million per year on a five-year deal, per to a press release distributed following the press conference to announce him as Ohio State’s new head coach.

Eleven Warriors received Day’s signed terms sheet Tuesday afternoon in response to a public records request. He will make $850,000 per year in base compensation, $2.39 million in media, promotions and public relations, $1.25 million in apparel/shoe/equipment and $10,000 in Coca-Cola appearance payments.

Some of the best stats from Meyer’s time with Ohio State:

  • 7-0 record against Michigan
  • 54-4 conference record
  • Three Big Ten Championships
  • 4-2 record in bowl games (2019 Rose Bowl TBD)
  • Two appearances in the College Football Playoff
  • One national championship, Ohio State’s first since 2002


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