Ohio State coach Ur­ban Meyer plans to re­tire af­ter the Rose Bowl

StarMetro Vancouver - - SPORTS - Mitch Stacy

COLUM­BUS, OHIO—UR­BAN Meyer, the highly suc­cess­ful foot­ball coach who won three na­tional cham­pi­onships and sparked con­tro­versy and crit­i­cism this sea­son for his han­dling of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence al­le­ga­tions against a now-fired as­sis­tant, will re­tire af­ter the Rose Bowl, the Ohio State Univer­sity an­nounced Tues­day.

A news con­fer­ence was sched­uled for later Tues­day dur­ing which Meyer will for­mally an­nounce his re­tire­ment and co-of­fen­sive co-or­di­na­tor Ryan Day would be named the pro­gram’s 25th head coach.

Ohio State didn’t im­me­di­ately say why Meyer was step­ping down af­ter seven years at Ohio State and an 82-9 record, but the 54-year-old coach has pre­vi­ously cited health con­cerns. He has an arach­noid cyst in his brain that causes se­vere headaches.

He also was heav­ily criti- cized for what some saw as overly lax treat­ment of now­fired as­sis­tant coach Zach Smith, who was ac­cused by his ex-wife of do­mes­tic abuse.

Meyer said he knew about the ac­cu­sa­tions against Smith but wasn’t sure they were true and kept Smith on his staff be­cause no crim­i­nal charges were filed.

The univer­sity cited that lapse in sus­pend­ing Meyer for three games af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Ur­ban Meyer has won cham­pi­onships and sparked con­tro­versy in his ca­reer.

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