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Urban Meyer to retire after Rose Bowl

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The Ohio State coach has compiled an 85-9 (56-4) record in Columbus with one game left to play.

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At a press conference scheduled for 2pm ET today, Ohio State Athletics tweeted, Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer will announce his retirement from coaching, effective after the 2019 Rose Bowl. Offensive coordinator Ryan Day, who led the Buckeyes to a 3-0 record while Meyer was suspended in the aftermath of the Zach Smith domestic abuse allegations, will be announced as the new head coach of the Buckeyes.

Meyer will leave Ohio State having rewritten a number of coaching records, including overall winning percentage (90.4%) and Big Ten winning percentage (93.3%). He led Ohio State to the 2014 season national championship and three outright conference championships in his seven seasons in Columbus.

More recently, his tenure has been marred by allegations that he knew about and disregarded the domestic assault allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith, the grandson of Meyer’s mentor Earle Bruce. Meyer was suspended for the first three games of the season, and Day had handled the head coaching duties.

GF3: Good for him. This year obviously took a lot out of him.

Most OSU fans knew we’d have him for a relatively short tenure. We got Urban at a time when the program could have broken. Instead, he set OSU on a ballistic arc, capturing three B1G titles and a national championship in six years.

He is, and I say this with the utmost caution, quite possibly the best coach in B1G history. Better than Woody. Much better than Bo.

OSU fans owe him a debt of gratitude. He owes us nothing except a hearty “I-O!” to greet the thundering “O-H” he will receive in public for the rest of his life. I hope he enjoys a happy retirement from coaching. And if someone hires him down the road...good for them.

He gave us all we could ask for, and more.

This is a developing story and may be updated as more information becomes available.