Urban Meyer stepping away from Ohio State should come as no surprise

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer walks off the field with his wife Shelley Meyer early Sunday Dec. 2 2018 after defeating Northwestern in the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game in Indianapolis. Ohio State won 45-24. (AP P

Former Ohio State players are paying tribute to retiring coach Urban Meyer.

Day reportedly turned down a head-coaching offer from Mississippi State and the Tennessee Titans' offensive coordinator role to stay at Ohio State after last season and is now getting the opportunity to lead the Buckeyes as the head man.

Michael Thomas, a receiver who plays for the New Orleans Saints, tweeted that he sheds a tear when thinking about the impact Meyer had on his life and others.

Ohio State had a stretch of five straight wins this season, including a rout of archrival MI that gave the Buckeyes another division title and a win over Northwestern for the Big Ten championship. He has a cyst in his brain that causes severe headaches.

Tuesday's press conference is set for 2 p.m. Meyer will be joined by Day and athletic director Gene Smith.

As Peter King pointed out on Tuesday's PFT Live, Titans coach Mike Vrabel wanted to bring Day to Tennessee as the offensive coordinator. It was at Florida where Meyer became a household name, winning his first two national championships (2006, 2008).

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At Ohio State: Spence saw spot action in his freshman year at Ohio State, but took over as a full-time starter as a sophomore and finished the year with 50 tackles and eight sacks.

When Day was the acting head coach, he said his goal was to rock the boat as little as possible.

Now after seven years with the Buckeyes Meyer is leaving and I just don't buy he'll stay retired.

Meyer will step down after the Rose Bowl on January 1, the university confirmed Tuesday. He was slated to earn $7.6 million in 2018, making him the one of the highest paid coaches in the nation. Day coached the Buckeyes earlier this season while Meyer served a suspension.

"I'm fully aware I'm ultimately responsible for this situation", Meyer said in August. Three months after completing its investigation, Ohio State has not yet shared the bulk of the public records generated during its investigation. I also want to say "thank you" to coach Meyer.

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. Talks were happening back in the summer, so there was an entire college football season to soak in the possibilities.

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