Urban Meyer retiring as coach of Ohio State

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

The Rose Bowl will be Urban Meyer's final game as coach of Ohio State.

Of course, we won't be surprised if Meyer tells the world he wants to spend more time with his family.

He's also coming off back-to-back Big Ten titles and has won seven straight games against rival MI - not to mention claiming a national championship in 2014.

The 54-year-old owns a 186-32 overall record in 17 seasons.

The announcement is expected to come from Meyer at a news conference scheduled for 2 p.m. Co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day will become the team's 25th head coach after the Rose Bowl game. Meyer's seventh season with Ohio State has been a controversial one that started with a three-game suspension for his handling of assistant Zach Smith's domestic violence arrest.

Amid the scrutiny on Meyer's program, it also emerged that Zach Smith's treatment of his wife had drawn police scrutiny almost 10 years ago - shortly after Meyer first took him on as a graduate assistant at the University of Florida.

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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. The New Hampshire native turned down college head-coaching opportunities and the Tennessee Titans' offensive coordinator job after the 2017 season.

The former National Football League wide receiver, who was coached by Meyer at Ohio State, opened up about the head coach's situation on FOX Sports 1 today.

His time at Ohio State wasn't without controversy. I thought something else was going to happen on the sideline before we were able to get to this day.

"I believe I will not coach again", he added that he was fairly certain in that response.

Meyer's contract is one of the best in college football.

Meyer repeatedly said he planned on coaching in 2019, but uncertainty remained, even after Meyer seemed to improve in recent weeks and Ohio State won the Big Ten championship in beating Northwestern on Saturday. Ohio State had not made Spence's top seven, released the summer prior to his senior season, but Meyer made Spence a priority immediately after being hired and secured the five-star's commitment just three weeks into the job. The move removes Day from consideration for offensive coordinator positions in the National Football League, the level at which he previously worked.

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