Ryan Day To Become 25th Ohio State Buckeyes Coach
Kevin Wilkerson, PubClub.com College Football Blogger
Urban Meyer has announced his retirement from Ohio State and if this surprises anyone, then they don’t know Meyer’s history or what preseason turmoil can do do a program. I saw this coming more clearly than a pass to an uncovered receiver back in September when I wrote this column about it.
Actually what I wrote is that he should just go ahead and retire then or Ohio State should just show him the door because these things never go away and drag down a team. That was evident this year as the Buckeyes – powerful at times – struggled throughout the season despite winning 12 games and the Big-10 title.
The conference proved not to be the powerhouse some pundits predicted (Michigan wilted under athleticism, Penn State floundered and Wisconsin was a complete non-factor and one of the major disappointments of the entire 2018 season) and yet the Buckeyes nearly lost so lowly Maryland and got blown out by mediocre Purdue.
Meyer was never the same after the pre-season scandal and the team never recovered, either. Cracks in the Buckeyes were showing and became really visible when Nick Bosa quit the team mid-season ““to devote more time to his rehabilitation and training efforts” for the NFL Draft.
The coach looked out of sorts at times during games, as if his mind were not focused on what was happening on the field. He revealed the source of his headaches – reaching out for sympathy after the September scandal, no doubt – and people began to speculate he would retire after the season.
But I wrote so in September.
Meyer will step down after the Rose Bowl and hand the keys of Ohio State to offensive coordinator Ryan Day, who will become the Buckeyes’ 25th head coach.