The Buckeyes won at least 10 games in each of Meyer's seven seasons with the school, a run that was highlighted by a national championship in 2014 when Ohio State went 14-1 and rolled to the title win over Oregon.
The first three games of this season were coached by Meyer's offensive coordinator, Ryan Day, who will succeed Meyer moving forward, because Ohio State slapped its iconic coach with a three-game suspension for his failure to supervise one of his assistants, Zach Smith, who was repeatedly accused of domestic violence.
And maybe most importantly to some Ohio State fans, Meyer was 7-0 against MI, including four straight wins over Jim Harbaugh, hired in 2015 by MI to be OSU's kryptonite.
A second-tier job with less pressure could be just what Meyer needs to continue coaching with the cyst on his brain that causes severe headaches and makes it hard for an emotional guy to do a high-stress job. Sports indicated Meyer's final game will be the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day. He said the move needed to be made before the early signing period opens on December 19.
After leading Utah to an unbeaten season in 2004, Urban Meyer had a choice to make.
Brown says Meyer "explained to me that he has the health issues and that's totally the reason he's stepping away, and it's time for him to do that".
Meyer led the Gators to national championships in 2006 and 2008 and went 13-1 three times at UF (also in 2009). If doctors give him the clearance to return to coaching at the style he has to in order to get the necessary results, it's only a matter of time until Meyer is patrolling the sidelines again for a premier program in college football. He also rushed for three touchdowns against Maryland, salvaging one of the Buckeyes' worst defensive performances this season and highlighting exactly how much Ohio State needed him this year. Meyer was flawless in seven tries against MI - he is retiring with more career wins over Ohio State than Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh - and even when the world thought Ohio State was.
Both the 54-year-old Meyer's exit and Day's hiring are 180-degree opposites of the situation when Meyer was hired in 2011.
Here's what a top five list of winningest active coaches now looks like without Meyer and Snyder on it. "I want to congratulate Ryan Day and his family". I wouldn't be surprised to see him stay within the Ohio State community, stay within the athletic department in some capacity. But he will never find a better fit than Ohio State because there is no better college job than Ohio State. He brought Meyer to Columbus. It appeared to be a dream job for the Toledo native and success quickly followed.
"I plan on coaching", he said on October 29. Meyer has about $38 million left on his contract.