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