Urban Meyer Steps Down As Ohio State Head Football Coach

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer is leaving the position he's called his dream job. 

Meyer announced Tuesday that he was stepping down as the head coach of the Buckeyes after the Rose Bowl. Current offensive coordinator Ryan Day will take over as head coach on January 2. 

Meyer spent 7 seasons at Ohio State, compiling a record of 82-9, winning the first College Football Playoff National Championship, three Big Ten Championships and seven Big Ten division crowns. 

In a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Meyer thanked the university, its students, faculty and fans, saying he was proud to have gotten the opportunity to represent his home state.

"My goal has always been to make this one of the premier and most comprehensive programs in America. It’s always been a goal to see a healthy, strong program handed to an elite coach and person to make it even better," Meyer said. 

Meyer's final year in Columbus has been a tumultuous one, starting with a three-game suspension resulting from his mishandling of domestic violence accusations against former assistant coach Zach Smith. Meyer has also been battling the effects of an arachnoid cyst on his brain. The effects had worsened during the season, including an incident during an October game where he collapsed to his knees on the sidelines. 

You can see Meyer's full announcement below:

 

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