Urban Meyer will retire from Ohio State after Rose Bowl

He will be replaced by Ryan Day, the Buckeyes’ offensive coordinator.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer speaks at the Big Ten Conference NCAA college football Media Days in Chicago, Tuesday, July 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Annie Rice)

Urban Meyer will leave Ohio State and retire from coaching after the Rose Bowl, the university announced Tuesday.

He will be replaced by Ryan Day, the Buckeyes’ 39-year old offensive coordinator.

Meyer led Ohio State to the national championship in 2014 and had a 82-9 record in seven seasons. His success has made him one of the highest-paid coaches in the game, making $7.6 million a year. He was under contract through the 2022 season.

In August, Meyer was put on paid leave for three games after he was accused of not informing supervisors of domestic violence allegations against an assistant coach, Zach Smith. “I followed my heart, not my head,” Meyer said. Meyer returned from that leave to lead the Buckeyes to a 12-1 record and the Big Ten championship.


Meyer, 54, had previously won national titles in 2006 and 2008 with Florida. He was also the head coach at Utah and Bowling Green. His overall record is 186-32.

This season the Buckeyes are 12-1, ranked No. 6 and bound for a Rose Bowl showdown with Washington on New Year’s Day.