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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

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

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, a three-time national champion and future College Football Hall of Famer, announced his retirement at a 2 p.m. ET press conference on Tuesday.

Day served as Ohio State's acting head coach for the first three games this season after the school suspended Meyer for mishandling the employment of former assistant coach Zach Smith. Meyer will coach his last game in the Rose Bowl vs. Washington on January 1, 2019, and be succeeded by offensive coordinator Ryan Day.

Meyer is 82-9 at in seven seasons at Ohio State, with a 7-0 record against MI and three Big Ten titles.

A national championship, seven first-place division finishes, three conference championships, three bowl wins, and possibly a Rose Bowl win to put a very Scarlet and Gray bow on the gift that Meyer has been for OSU.

His final game with the Buckeyes will come at the Rose Bowl, a game he has never coached before.

Smith was sacked this year after being accused by his ex-wife of domestic abuse. "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".

A detailed report issued by an investigative committee left a lasting stain, detailing behavior by Meyer that could have taken down a coach of lesser stature.

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Smith said Meyer will be staying with the university in a new capacity, working coaches and athletes, but he was not specific about the role. To me, after being around him it might be easy for me to say that, how special of a player he is, but to me it's obvious.

Meyer owns an 85-9 record in seven seasons with the Buckeyes. He spent one year as a college football analyst for ESPN before taking the Ohio State job citing improved health and life decisions. 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.

Meyer's health issues could be one of the reasons for his retirement. He's an Ohio State guy.

But the loss to Purdue weighed heavily and Ohio State finished No. 6 in the playoff rankings. He also won two national titles as head coach of the Florida Gators from 2005 to 2010.

He came to Ohio State in 2012 and took over a program recovering from scandal.

Day was becoming a hot name in coaching circles and his ability to step in and guide the Buckeyes during Meyer's suspension demonstrated his ability as an up-and-coming coach. He will be walking away with $38 million left on his contract.

A former defensive back at Cincinnati, Meyer's swift rise to coaching prominence prior to Florida was evident in his two years at Utah.

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