Urban Meyer will retire after the Rose Bowl after a season in which the Ohio State coach has publicly discussed his health challenges. Despite saying on several occasions he planned to coach in 2019, Meyer’s last game will be against Washington in the Rose Bowl.
Why is Meyer retiring after the season? Meyer admitted to having a cyst on his brain, an issue he has dealt with since 1998. Meyer’s personal physician Dr. Andrew Thomas released a statement to ESPN noting Meyer’s health issues have gotten progressively worse in the last two years.
The past four years, we’ve been working closely with Coach Meyer to monitor and manage the symptoms that have risen from his enlarged congenital arachnoid cyst. This includes aggressive headaches, which have particularly flared up the past two years.
Urban Meyer Will Retire for the Second Time in His Career
Heading into the Big Ten title game, Football Scoop reported there were serious rumblings about Meyer’s future, despite the coach saying publicly he planned to coach next season.
With that said, sources tell FootballScoop Ohio State is taking Ryan Day off the job market, with a significant raise coming and with the (most likely) unwritten understanding that he is in line to become head coach once Urban steps down. What’s that you say? Urban stepping down? So about that…
While Urban has stated repeatedly publicly that he plans to coach next year, sources tell FootballScoop that the Ohio State head coach continues to contemplate his future on an ongoing basis, and we hear he has told Gene Smith that he doesn’t expect to continue to coach past the 2019 season. One source told us we should expect Urban to address this in the days following Saturday’s Big Ten Championship.
There is sure to skepticism over Meyer’s retirement reason given this is not the first time the coach has called it quits. Meyer stepped away from Florida in 2009 citing family and health reasons. Meyer later took the Ohio State position after a brief hiatus from coaching.
However, Meyer looked to be in pain at several points during Ohio State games. The highlights below show Meyer’s reactions during the Ohio State-Maryland game.
Source: Heavy Sports