Ohio State's Urban Meyer to retire

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer watches during his team warm up before the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game against Northwestern Saturday Dec. 1 2018 in Indianapolis

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer watches during his team warm up before the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game against Northwestern Saturday Dec. 1 2018 in Indianapolis

Ohio State Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer with his wife Shelley Meyer after defeating the Northwestern Wildcats in the Big Ten conference championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Retiring Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer isn't just one of the highest-paid coaches in college sports - he's the highest-paid public official in the state of Ohio, according to public records.

I think it's been well-documented, as far as the cyst on his brain. Meyer fought through painful headaches and was visibly struggling during games this season, occasionally rubbing his head and bending over.

Ohio State will play Washington in the Rose Bowl on January 1 after winning the Big Ten championship over Northwestern on Saturday. Several Ohio State staff members told ESPN after the game that they noticed a positive change in Meyer the past two weeks. Yahoo! Sports's Pete Thamel was the first to report on Meyer's retirement. "His strengths really come in the classroom and to be able to teach you and understand the game plan of what you want to accomplish and why you want to get that accomplished so you're successful". "But there will be a time".

But perhaps most important to Ohio State fans, Meyer is a ideal 7-0 against rival MI. Naming Day as Meyer's successor shows a commitment to continuity with the staff for 2019 and beyond. Ohio State averaged 43.5 points per game in 2018 and is second in total offense, led by Heisman Trophy finalist quarterback Dwayne Haskins. He's reportedly been offered multiple head coaching jobs, but turned them down to stay at Ohio State.

If this is Meyer's final coaching job, how his career will be remembered will be determined through the prism in which it is viewed.

Offensive coordinator Ryan Day is expected to take over as Ohio State head coach.

Meyer played collegiately at Cincinnati, spent two years as an unpaid graduate assistant at Ohio State, and worked 13 seasons as a salaried assistant at Illinois State, Colorado State, and Notre Dame.

His salary for coaching football at OSU is $7.6 million for the 2018 season. By my count, there are 28 players on the United Kingdom roster who hail from Ohio.

Meyer said his close relationship with Zach Smith's grandfather, Earle Bruce, clouded his judgment when making decisions about the troubled former assistant. This also isn't the first time Meyer has stepped away from coaching.

The university will announce his retirement at a 2 p.m. ET news conference. After a months-long investigation from 2015-16, no charges were filed. I'm working extremely hard to make sure that's happening.

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