Urban Meyer Stepping Down At Ohio State. Here’s What The Fans Need To Know

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Urban Meyer is out as the head football coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Yahoo Sports reported the following Tuesday morning:

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer plans to step down and will coach his final game in the Rose Bowl, sources told 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.

This is the definition of a shock to wake up to in the morning. There had been rumors for a long time he might leave, but I don’t think anybody expected him to announce that he’d go a month prior to his final game. What an absolutely bizarre situation for the Buckeyes program. (RELATED: Urban Meyer Opens Up About Health Problems. Is It Time For Ohio State Fans To Start Panicking?)


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If I had to guess, I would say Meyer, who has three national titles, being suspended three games over the alleged domestic violence fiasco with assistant Zach Smith is a major factor in his decision to step down. He clearly was not happy and felt like he had been treated unfairly.

I think most people thought he’d leave. I just don’t think we thought it’d be announced early on a Tuesday morning.


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I have no idea how the Buckeyes program will handle this news. Meyer, who went 80-65 at Florida and is 82-9 at OSU, has absolutely dominated the Big Ten, and I find it hard to believe any random coach will be able to keep up that level of success. Coaches who go 11-3 in bowl games don’t exactly grow on trees.

What an absolutely wild morning.

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