Cris Carter opens up on Urban Meyer's alarming health issues

BREAKING: Urban Meyer to step down at Ohio State

Ohio State says the 54-year-old Meyer is retiring from coaching and co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day will take over after the Rose Bowl.

Meyer, who plans to retire as head coach effective January 2, after Ohio State plays in the Rose Bowl, earned $7.6 million in salary for the 2018 season.

Meyer's retirement comes on the heels of a tumultuous year in Columbus, Ohio, in which he was suspended for the first three games of the season after an investigation revealed that he mishandled domestic assault allegations made against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith, who was sacked in late June.

Ryan Day, who coached the Buckeyes during Meyer's absence and was promoted this year to offensive coordinator, will take the team's reins upon Meyer's departure. A shocking blowout loss at unranked Purdue on October 20 pushed Ohio State to the fringe of the national championship chase and prompted all sorts of questions about Meyer's future.

Meyer said a lot of things contributed to his decision to retire, including the Zach Smith situation, but he mostly focused on his headaches.

Taking Meyer at his word that he is fairly certain he will never coach again means forgetting he's been down this road before only to come back. The university cited that lapse in suspending Meyer for the first three games of the season after an investigation.

Ohio State could have spent much of the season watching other coaches, but in each of those instances, the university would have had to imagine those coaches at OSU.

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There was even speculation back in September that Day was being groomed in a sort of coach-in-waiting situation if or when Meyer chose to step away from coaching. You would need to wager $1,200 to win $100 if Meyer doesn't become the coach.

There will be people who think Ohio State is above hiring an assistant coach.

"It was interesting because I've never had him as a head coach, so my first thought was, 'I wonder how this will work out?' but I definitely think he can do it", Murphy said when Day was named interim earlier this year.

"He explained to me privately that he has the health issues and that's the total reason that he's stepping away", Brown said, "but it's time for him to do that, and time to move forward". 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.

But the loss to Purdue weighed heavily and Ohio State finished No. 6 in the playoff rankings.

Meyer's time in Florida over six years included two national championships. The Buckeyes will play in the Rose Bowl against Washington on New Year's Day - Meyer's coaching finale. Since then, he's coached at Utah (2003-04), Florida (2005-10), and Ohio State (2011-18). It appeared to be a dream job for the Toledo native and success quickly followed. Meyer has about $38 million left on his contract.

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