Ohio State's Urban Meyer to retire

Ohio State's Urban Meyer to retire

Ohio State has released the term sheet for soon-to-be-new head coach Ryan Day, who will be taking over for Urban Meyer following the Buckeyes' appearance in the Rose Bowl on January 1.

Meyer, Day and athletic director Gene Smith will conduct a 2 p.m. press conference Tuesday afternoon to discuss the developments. Meyer had been dealing with painful headaches due to a cyst on his brain.

Meyer's retirement comes on the heels of a tumultuous year in Columbus, Ohio, in which he was suspended for the first three games of the season after an investigation revealed that he mishandled domestic assault allegations made against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith, who was sacked in late June.

Meyer, a three-time national champion, is 82-9 during his time in Columbus. Maintaining a huge portion of his coaching staff is an excellent first step for the former offensive coordinator, and it will be interesting to see who fills Day's old position as the Buckeyes OC.

It started with him being placed on administrative leave back in July after reports surfaced that he was aware of spousal abuse allegations involving Zach Smith, an assistant coach on his staff, a claim he vehemently denied but eventually led to a three-game suspension by the university.

Pressed further, Meyer then said he is "fairly certain" he will not coach again.

Ohio State's national championship after the 2014 season put Meyer in elite company. After spending some time at Florida, Meyer resigned, citing he wanted more time with his family and had recently suffered a health scare. His teams are 186-32 overall for a.853 career winning percentage.

While Meyer brought a lot of success to the team, he was also at the center of controversy. If Kelly gets the itch to pursue the National Football League in the next two years, Notre Dame's first call would be to Meyer to see if he would be interested and if his health would allow it.

The Buckeyes went into Sunday hoping to land the final playoff spot, but the combination of their win against Northwestern and the results from the Big 12 and SEC title games kept them steady at No. 6, behind both Oklahoma and Georgia. He heads into the game with an 82-9 record during his Ohio State tenure, including a ideal record over archrival MI. He previously coached at Bowling Green and Utah. Meyer was making a reported $4 million per year while coaching the Gators; he signed a contract with the team worth $24 million.