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Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer is retiring, the school said on Tuesday.

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 says Urban Meyer will retire after the Rose Bowl and assistant Ryan Day will be the next head coach.

The Urban Meyer era is ending at Ohio State, after 82 wins and just nine losses over seven seasons, including a national title.

Those are pretty long odds against the Browns hiring Meyer, who does have some scandal factor and health issues involved in his departure from Ohio State. He has a cyst in his brain that causes severe headaches.

Meyer didn't lose his first regular season conference game until his fourth year at Ohio State.

Meyer guided Ohio State to the national championship in 2014.

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First, if Meyer does come back, it's going to have to be a ideal fit with the potential for him to turn it into a national title contender.

Meyer led the Buckeyes to an undefeated record in his first season at the helm in 2012, one in which the program was barred from a bowl game due to NCAA sanctions. First, other programs began to lap at his heels, then the defense fell apart, allowing 49 or more in three of the final six road games of Meyer's tenure - 54 to Iowa previous year, 49 to Purdue, and 51 to Maryland - at the same time that off field issues surrounding Zach Smith surged to the forefront. Meyer recorded his second ideal 12-0 season. The move removes Day from consideration for offensive coordinator positions in the National Football League, the level at which he previously worked. Meyer worked as a TV analyst for ESPN for one year before taking the Buckeyes job.

"I'm solid!" Miller said via text.

Shortly before Halloween, Meyer addressed speculation that he could step down at the end of the season, saying he felt fine and definitely would be back next year. Plus, the more I think about it, I'm just not sure Meyer makes sense in the NFL.

His time at Ohio State wasn't without controversy.

Ohio State suspended Meyer without pay for the first three games of 2018 after he and athletic director Gene Smith "failed to take sufficient management action" on spousal abuse allegations involving ex-assistant coach Zach Smith.


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