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- Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer will retire at the end of the season.
- Meyer won three Big Ten titles and the 2014 National Championship in his seven years at Ohio State, but his final season in Columbus was marred by controversy.
- Many speculated that the domestic violence scandal from the start of the season, combined with his ongoing health problems, could drive Meyer out of the Buckeye State.
- Meyer has not indicated what he will do next, and his long and tumultuous career may not provide a clear answer.
- Let’s take a look back at Meyer’s roller-coaster past and what he may choose to do in the future.
Urban Meyer will coach his final game for the Ohio State Buckeyes when they take on the Washington Huskies in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day.
Meyer won three Big Ten titles and the 2014 National Championship in his seven years at Ohio State, but his final season in Columbus was marred by controversy. He was widely criticized for mishandling domestic violence allegations against former assistant coach Zach Smith and was subsequently suspended for three games to start the 2018 season.
Many speculated that Meyer’s ongoing health problems, combined with the scandal, could drive Meyer out of the program.
According to Pete Thamel of CBS Sports, the decision was driven by “a myriad of factors,” but that “foremost among them was his happiness with the state of the Ohio State program.”
Meyer has yet to indicate what he will do next, and his nonlinear path to Ohio State doesn’t provide a clear answer. Let’s take a look back at his roller-coaster past and what he may choose to do in the next stage of his career.
Urban Meyer has earned a reputation as a giant of college football, but he hasn’t always been a household name.
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Meyer started his head coaching career at Bowling Green in 2001.
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He spent 15 years prior in assistant coaching positions with various programs, including Ohio State, Illinois State, Colorado State, and Notre Dame.
After coaching the Falcons to 17-6 overall record in his two years at the helm, Meyer left Bowling Green for Utah.
He coached the Utes to a 10-2 record in his first season at the helm to earn Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year honors.
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