Ohio State coach Urban Meyer retires, led Florida to two national championships

Meyer is leaving at the top of his profession after three national championships in a career spanning three decades, the last seven years at Ohio State, where he has an 82-9 record.

A year ago anyone suggesting that in 365 days Urban Meyer would retire as Ohio State's football coach and be replaced by a 39-year-old assistant coach with three games of experience as a head coach would have been called insane and possibly drug tested.

Ohio State will hold a press conference at 2 p.m.to make the announcement. The 54-year-old, who has an arachnoid cyst in his brain that causes severe headaches, will step down after he coaches in the Rose Bowl against Washington.

On Sunday, Meyer talked about coaching the Buckeyes at the Rose Bowl, something he has never done before. He and Nick Saban are the only head coaches in major college history to win national championships at two different schools. He said the move needed to be made before the early signing period opens on December 19. But both the coach and his university were criticized earlier this year for their response to domestic abuse allegations against longtime assistant Zach Smith by his ex-wife, Courtney Smith.

Meyer led UF from 2005-10.

Born in Toledo, Ohio, Meyer started his coaching career with a two-year stint at Bowling Green State. Meyer took a leave of absence after the 2009 season while at Florida after a health scare. This also isn't the first time Meyer has stepped away from coaching. If doctors give him the clearance to return to coaching at the style he has to in order to get the necessary results, it's only a matter of time until Meyer is patrolling the sidelines again for a premier program in college football.

For Brown and new Kansas coach and former LSU coach Les Miles, two former national champions in their 60s, just getting back in the game was enough. But how much will Meyer be worth when he retires?

"It didn't take long for me to figure out what the expectations were on Ohio State football".

Amid the scrutiny on Meyer's program, it also emerged that Zach Smith's treatment of his wife had drawn police scrutiny almost 10 years ago - shortly after Meyer first took him on as a graduate assistant at the University of Florida. With one game left to play this season, he has an overall win-loss record of 186-32. Meyer won a title in Columbus as well.

Still, this does introduce an element of uncertainty to Ohio State's path at a time when MI looks as if it's found its footing under Jim Harbaugh.

It appeared to be a dream job for the Toledo native.

Ohio State finished the season at No. 6. Meyer has about $38 million left on his contract.

  • Angelo Rivera