Urban Meyer has decided to retire, as Ohio State’s football program announced this morning that the three-time national title-winning head coach will be stepping down following the Buckeyes’ Rose Bowl game.
The former Florida head coach took over the Ohio State program ahead of the 2012 season. He went undefeated in his first season, led the Buckeyes to a national title in 2014 and never lost to Michigan.
Urban Meyer: 82–9. A 24–0 start to his tenure. 7–0 against Michigan.
The first ever CFP championship. Seriously, find me another 3-game run from a team of yours like Ohio State had to end 2014. You can’t. It’s the single best 3-game streak of your life and it won’t be topped.
— Jason Priestas (@priestas) December 4, 2018
Meyer will be replaced at Ohio State by Ryan Day, who led the Buckeyes’ program during Meyer’s suspension to start the season.
Of course, there will be speculation that Meyer will eventually take another job. He’s only 54 years old, after all.
One program that everyone will mention: Notre Dame.
Meyer has previously referred to Notre Dame as his dream job and he spent time in South Bend, Ind. to start his career.
Even Kirk Herbstreit acknowledged this morning that Meyer’s name will be the first one that comes up whenever Brian Kelly decides to leave Notre Dame. However, Herbstreit thinks Meyer’s retirement will be finite.
“I don’t see it happening,” Herbstreit said.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that the speculation will go away, but Meyer’s retirement does feel much different this time around than when he stepped down at Florida.
Meyer has three children, one grandchild and another grandchild on the way. He reportedly plans on spending more time with his family, could do some TV work and, potentially, have an administrative role at Ohio State.