Urban Meyer is stepping down as the head coach at Ohio State at the conclusion of the season, the school announced Tuesday morning.
Meyer will coach the team in the Rose Bowl against Washington on Jan. 1. Offensive coordinator Ryan Day will be elevated to head coach the following day.
Day, Meyer and athletic director Gene Smith are scheduled to further discuss the change in a news conference at 2 p.m. ET.
The news marks the end of a tumultuous season for Meyer in Columbus — a year in which he was suspended following an investigation into his handling of domestic violence allegations against his former wide receivers coach, dealt with ongoing health problems and ultimately led the Buckeyes to a Big Ten title.
Meyer, 54, currently has a career record of 82-9 in seven seasons at Ohio State, including a national title in 2014. He previously spent six seasons — and won two national championships — at Florida before retiring for health reasons.
Questions about Meyer's future at Ohio State began to swirl more than four months ago, when he found himself at the center of an investigation related to domestic abuse allegations against his former wide receivers coach, Zach Smith. Meyer fired Smith on July 23 but subsequently dodged questions about the longtime assistant at Big Ten media days. The school proceeded to open an investigation into what Meyer knew about the history of domestic abuse allegations against Smith and how he dealt with them.
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