Report: Urban Meyer to retire as Ohio State head coach for these reasons

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Urban Meyer won't be sticking around for the fallout of his latest controversy.

Meyer plans to step down as Ohio State's head coach following the Buckeyes' Rose Bowl matchup against Washington, Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel reported Tuesday morning.

Ohio State assistant coordinator and New Hampshire native Ryan Day will take over as head coach in 2019, according to Thamel.

The news is surprising, as Meyer is just 54 years old and has enjoyed continued on-field success at Ohio State. But a "myriad of factors" led to Meyer's decision to step down, per Thamel, including health reasons -- he's dealt with "painful and aggressive headaches" stemming from a brain cyst that required surgery in 2014 -- and Meyer's apparent "happiness" with the state of Ohio State's football program.

Those reasons reportedly didn't include the investigation earlier this year that found Meyer mishandled abuse allegations against his former assistant coach, Zach Smith, which resulted in Meyer's three-game suspension.

Meyer's career has been marked by consistent on-field success at the expense of off-field controversy. He led Florida to two BCS national championships but also enabled players like tight end Aaron Hernandez -- who went on to play for the New England Patriots until his 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd -- by letting them off the hook for off-field transgressions.

Meyer enjoyed a 82-9 record and won a third national title at Ohio State but faced similar criticism for overlooking his players' missteps.

Day, his Ohio State successor, attended Manchester (N.H.) Central High School and played quarterback for Chip Kelly at the University of New Hampshire. He served in several coaching roles, including UNH and Boston College, before joining the Buckeyes in 2017.

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