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Cris Carter opens up on Urban Meyer's alarming health issues

Cris Carter opens up on Urban Meyer's alarming health issues

Offensive coordinator Ryan Day will take over as head coach the next day.

After perhaps the most tumultuous years of his highly successful college football coaching career, Urban Meyer will announce Tuesday afternoon that he is stepping down as head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes after the Rose Bowl.

Meyer missed the Buckeyes first three games against Oregon State, Rutgers and TCU as offensive coordinator Ryan Day took over the day-to-day coaching duties.

The university didn't say why he was retiring, but Meyer has said he suffers from debilitating headaches caused by an arachnoid cyst in his brain. 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 past year, 49 to Purdue, and 51 to Maryland - at the same time that off field issues surrounding Zach Smith surged to the forefront. Meyer brought an SEC style program to Ohio State and went 54-4 in the Big Ten in seven seasons.

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.

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Meyer didn't just return the Buckeyes to national prominence, he also turned them back into a pro-prospect factory, churning out 40 draft picks over his seven seasons, 10 of them first-rounders. The Buckeyes went 3-0 under Day, including a win over TCU in Arlington, Texas, before Meyer returned to the sideline September 22 against Tulane. Prior to becoming a head coach, Meyer served as an assistant at Notre Dame (1996-2000), Colorado State (1990-95), Illinois State (1988-89) and Ohio State (1986-87), where he learned under mentor Earl Bruce. Day coached the team in Meyer's absence. He's an Ohio State guy. Urban Meyer, he really can't coach. According to Rivals, Ohio State had the nation's No. 2 recruiting class in 2018, while UK's ranked 30th.

Former Boston College quarterback Tyler Murphy, who was with Day for a year after transferring from Florida, remembers Day as a more laid-back coach as well, someone who doesn't yell unless he's not seeing effort from his players or is forced to repeat himself multiple times.

"I believe I will not coach again", Meyer said. Ohio State will officially name Day as the permanent replacement on Tuesday.

"At the end of the day, I'm very convinced that you're going to be judged on how you are as a husband and as a father and not on how many bowl games we won", Meyer said at a campus news conference.