An Urban Meyer rival is so happy for him

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Ohio State says Meyer's last game before retirement will be the Rose Bowl on January 1.

A news conference was scheduled for today during which Meyer is to announce his retirement, with co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day appointed the team's 25th head coach.

Meyer might not have enjoyed such a choice if not for his ultra-impressive résumé on the field, as the Buckeyes have enjoyed an 82-9 record in his seven seasons.

Meyer won three national championships overall, including two at Florida.

"I didn't know much about him at first, but he was really open with me and my family and was up front about the program and what we would be getting into", Wilson said earlier this season.

Smith was sacked this year after being accused by his ex-wife of domestic abuse. First, other programs began to lap at his heels, then the defense fell apart, allowing 49 or more in three of the final six road games of Meyer's tenure - 54 to Iowa previous year, 49 to Purdue, and 51 to Maryland - at the same time that off field issues surrounding Zach Smith surged to the forefront. But as ESPN reported in 2015, the coach also left "myriad off-field issues", including more than 30 arrests of players during Meyer's six-year tenure.

Meyer repeatedly said he planned on coaching in 2019, but uncertainty remained, even after Meyer seemed to improve in recent weeks and Ohio State won the Big Ten championship in beating Northwestern on Saturday.

Operating under the belief that Meyer will return to coaching in the next two years, these are some of the colleges that could potentially be fits for Meyer to get back in the game. When Meyer brought his spread offense from Utah to Gainesville, Florida, it proved to the rest of college football that exotic offenses can be successful when they are combined with the smash mouth style of the SEC.

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Ohio State's inquiry revealed that Meyer had known about domestic abuse allegations against Smith since at least 2015, when police investigated the case - and when, according to Courtney Smith, she told Meyer's wife about it.

There is plenty of caution - like hiring a guy who has just three games of head coaching experience - but Day's future is as bright as any assistant coach in the nation, so Ohio State just chose to keep him home and turn his future into theirs.

"He explained to me privately that he has the health issues and that's the total reason that he's stepping away", Brown said, "but it's time for him to do that, and time to move forward".

Recruitment: Ohio State's battle for Young came down to the local school, Maryland, and another national power in Alabama. The team would go on to win all three games before Meyer's return on September 22 against Tulane.

But the loss to Purdue weighed heavily and Ohio State finished No. 6 in the playoff rankings.

While Meyer served his suspension, Day led the Buckeyes to victories in the first three games of this season.

Day had the advantage of being at Ohio State already, but that also shouldn't disqualify him from the job. It appeared to be a dream job for the Toledo native and success quickly followed.

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