Urban Meyer stepping away from Ohio State should come as no surprise

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer walks off the field with his wife Shelley Meyer early Sunday Dec. 2 2018 after defeating Northwestern in the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game in Indianapolis. Ohio State won 45-24. (AP P

Urban Meyer stepping away from Ohio State should come as no surprise

Day is reportedly expected to retain a couple of Ohio State's top personnel staffers, though he'll likely be bringing in some of his own assistant coaches. In just over two months he would pull together the first of his ideal streak of No. 1 Big Ten recruiting classes, a group that was headlined by Spence.

"The games have gotten me for 30 years", Meyer quipped.

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.

Moments later, Meyer was asked if this is truly the end of his football career to which he replied, "That's a complicated question". He served the same role with Kelly in Philadelphia in 2016. Those are high expectations for Day to follow, but not necessarily unrealistic.

Day coached the quarterbacks at both National Football League stops. He won 90.1 percent of his games at Ohio State, the best percentage in school history, ahead of Jim Tressel (82.8), Bruce (75.5) and Woody Hayes (76.1). He was mentioned as a candidate for college head-coaching jobs this year but never strongly pursued any. "He is known for getting his guys on the right track, he's always sharp with his reads, he understands the game so well and he's so passionate about it". Ohio State averaged 43.5 points per game in 2018 and is second in total offense, led by Heisman Trophy finalist quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

The news of Urban Meyer's decision to step down after the Rose Bowl has sent shockwaves through Buckeye Nation.

Meyer missed the Buckeyes first three games against Oregon State, Rutgers and TCU as offensive coordinator Ryan Day took over the day-to-day coaching duties.

Meyer might be retiring so he can distance himself from one of the recent big scandals in college football.

Meyer said he knew about the accusations against Smith - grandson of former Ohio State coach Earle Bruce - but wasn't sure they were true and kept Smith on his staff because no criminal charges were filed.

"He is still committed until we meet (with the OSU staff) and find out more about the situation", said Fred Battle, father of the OSU defensive back pledge. "He was the most upfront coach that we had contact with, saying that if I worked hard I could earn a spot and how I needed to work for what I wanted there".

There was even speculation back in September that Day was being groomed in a sort of coach-in-waiting situation if or when Meyer chose to step away from coaching.

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