"At the end of the day, I'm very convinced that you're going to be judged on how you are as a husband and as a father and not on how many bowl games we won", Meyer said at a campus news conference. In 2014, Meyer had brain surgery to address a congenital arachnoid cyst, but he still deals with occasional painful headaches. He served a three-game suspension to begin this season, which has been tumultuous on several different fronts.
There is little doubt that this has been one of the most trying seasons in the 54-year-old's coaching career.
Along with an 82-9 in seven seasons with Ohio State, Meyer also won the 2014 national championship.
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Coach Ryan Day now serves as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, according to the school's website.
With a 186-32 record over 17 seasons, Meyer steps down with one of the best winning percentages in the history of college football.
"I don't see him coaching again". Meyer then retired again citing health issues and made a decision to move into a broadcasting career with ESPN. But because of NCAA sanctions that had been placed during the previous coach's term, Ohio State was unable to compete for the conference title.
At 54, Meyer is relatively young for a football coach, but health issues reportedly played a role in his decision. Meyer came under fire for his response - or lack thereof - in regards to allegations of domestic abuse against one of his assistant coaches. He's a second-year Ohio State assistant who had never before been a head coach. He heads into the game with an 82-9 record during his Ohio State tenure, including a flawless record over archrival MI.
Reports of Meyer's retirement were denied by Gene Smith on Friday, a day before the Buckeyes beat Northwestern for the Big Ten championship. It appeared to be a dream job for the Toledo native and success quickly followed.
A former defensive back at Cincinnati, Meyer's swift rise to coaching prominence prior to Florida was evident in his two years at Utah. Day has singed a five-year contract worth $4.5 million per year.