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

Posted: 6:46 AM, Dec 04, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-04 13:08:55Z
Urban Meyer to retire after the Rose Bowl
Urban Meyer to retire after the Rose Bowl

CLEVELAND — Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer will retire after the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, Ohio State confirmed in a news release on Tuesday.

Meyer, who led the Buckeyes to their third Big Ten title game on Saturday, is believed to be stepping down due to health reasons.

The Buckeyes coach has dealt for years with a congenital arachnoid cyst in his brain that causes what his doctor has called aggressive headaches. Meyer had surgery to address the issue in the spring of 2014.

Ohio State is holding a press conference at 2 p.m. 

At the press conference, Ohio State says Meyer will formally announce his retirement from coaching and will introduce Ryan Day, who will be named as the 25th head coach in the history of the program, beginning on Jan. 2.

Day helped Ohio State jump from 44th to fifth nationally in passing efficiency, which led to a promotion as offensive coordinator and an interim coach for the first three games of this season.