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Ohio State Football coach Urban Meyer is retiring, the school announced Tuesday. Meyer will leave the OSU after a season in which he was suspended for abusive conduct for abusing an assistant coach for three games. His last game takes place on New Year's Day in the Rose Bowl.
Meyer is replaced by offensive coordinator Ryan Day, who led the team when the head coach had to suspend the first three games of the 2018 season. Meyer, 54, has won three national titles – two in Florida and one in Ohio – after playing only one game this season, he has a total win loss of 186: 32.
19659008] This season, Ohio State is 12-1 and won the title of Big Ten Conference, but did not succeed in the last four of the College Football playoffs that will determine the national champions, currently ranked No. 6 in Buckeyes Washington at the Rose Bowl.
The Ohio State Sports Department says it will hold a press conference to announce the transfer of Meyer to Day at 2:00 pm ET.
Meyer has served as Ohio Head Coach since 2012 and has a record of 82: 9 scored – and never lost to the archrival of the school, Michigan, both the coach and a His university was also criticized earlier this year for his reaction to the alleged ill-treatment of longtime assistant Zach Smith by his former wife Courtney Smith.
As James Doubek of NPR reported, "Meyer fired assistant coach Zach Smith on July 23 after hearing reports that … a few days ago, Courtney Smith had received a civil protection order against domestic violence against him." 19659008] At that time, Meyer said he and his coworkers had not known anything about the charges before. But this immediately sparked skepticism and the question of how long Meyer had known about the allegations – and whether he had reported them under Title IX.
The Ohio State Survey revealed that since at least 2015, when the police investigated the case, Meyer was aware of allegations of Smith's allegations of Smith – and, according to Courtney Smith, telling Meyer's wife about it. After months of investigation in 2015-16, no charges were filed. The Smiths divorced in 2016.
The OSU said the missing charges had convinced Meyer and the school's sport director, Gene Smith, that they were not required to report the situation or take disciplinary action. Both men were suspended for lack of action.
Amid the review of Meyer's program, it also turned out that Zach Smith's treatment of his wife had been subjected to a police investigation nearly ten years ago – shortly after Meyer first hired him as an assistant at the University of Florida.
As The Tampa Bay Times reported earlier this year, "Smith was arrested in 2009 for allegedly pushing his pregnant wife against a wall."
When he left Florida, Meyer cited health concerns as the main reason. He had been hospitalized after a high-profile defeat in Alabama. However, as ESPN announced in 2015, the coach left "countless off-field issues," including more than 30 arrests of players during Meyer's six-year tenure.
Born in Toledo, Ohio, Meyer began his coaching career with a two-year stay at Bowling Green State. He followed that up with two more years in Utah, where he consolidated his reputation for developing high-performance offenses.