Ex-Players pay tribute to OSU coach Urban Meyer

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer will step down after the Rose Bowl

Ohio State Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer with his wife Shelley Meyer after defeating the Northwestern Wildcats in the Big Ten conference championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium.

After seven years and a national championship at Ohio State, the 54-year-old Meyer will formally announce his departure today at a news conference.

Ryan Day, who coached the Buckeyes during Meyer's absence and was promoted this year to offensive coordinator, will take the team's reins upon Meyer's departure.

Meyer went 82-9 in his seven seasons as Ohio State coach, including a 54-4 Big Ten record. He has three national championships on his resume, including one with OSU in 2014 and two with Florida in 2006 and 2008.

Remember that initially Meyer said he was going to spend more time with his family and get healthy.

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His final game with the Buckeyes will come at the Rose Bowl, a game he has never coached before.

He was also battered this year by an offseason issue involving a now-fired assistant coach that led to Meyer's suspension for the first three games of the season.

Later in the press conference, Cleveland.com's Doug Lesmerises asked Meyer if he's certain he will not coach again. Investigators said they found Meyer protected the ex-wide receivers coach for years during allegations of domestic violence, a drug problem and poor job performance.

"I'm fully aware I'm ultimately responsible for this situation", Meyer said in August.

Ryan Day went 3-0 to start the season as the Buckeyes' head coach, and while the opponents weren't noteworthy, that doesn't mean people weren't taking note of Day's approach and performance.

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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 made a decision to keep him home and turn his future into theirs.

He came to Ohio State in 2012 and took over a program recovering from scandal.

Miami - For the same reasons Meyer would make a lot of sense at Florida State because of the recruiting benefits and path to the playoff, Miami could be a ideal post-retirement home.

Meyer, who had a "core values" banner in the locker room demanding his players treat women with respect, apologized to Ohio State fans following word that he would be suspended. Big college football programs pay big bucks for that kind of success, and Ohio State is no exception. The Buckeyes will play in the Rose Bowl against Washington on New Year's Day, which will serve as Meyer's coaching finale. His tally includes 11 bowl wins, the inaugural 2015 College Football Playoff among them.

His contract was extended in April by two years through 2022, increasing Meyer's salary to $7.6 million in 2018 with annual 6 percent raises. He coached for two years at Bowling Green and two years at Utah before joining Florida in 2005.

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