COLUMBUS, Ohio – Urban Meyer started to realize that earlier-than-expected retirement was a real possibility last season when the cyst on his brain, diagnosed in 2014, began to cause more painful headaches. The pain hit him particularly hard when Ohio State played Penn State in 2017.
“As (doctors) said, ‘It’s not your elbow or foot,” Meyer said.
When the pain grew even less manageable this season, Meyer and athletic director Gene Smith began discussing a succession plan. When Meyer finally decided it was time to retire, Smith decided his best option was to immediately name offensive coordinator Ryan Day as his successor.
“I believe I will not coach again,” Meyer said.
Smith said he met Meyer this morning and told him he was still willing “to pull the plug” on the coaching change if he changed his mind.
Meyer, 54, said there were a multitude of factors that went into his decision, with his health and family being No. 1. He also believed the timing was good because the team (11-1) was in a good place and he had come to believe that Day is “an elite coach.”
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