Ohio State will be led moving forward by Ryan Day, who will take over the program on January 2.
He says stepping away would have been more hard if the program wasn't healthy. "To finish that last game the way they did [a victory over Northwestern in the Big Ten championship] is pretty impressive".
According to sources, strength coach Mickey Marotti, personnel director Mark Pantoni, director of operations Brian Voltolini and player development director Ryan Stamper will all return to Ohio State under Day.
The timing of the announcement was based on recruiting, he said; it needed to be announced before the early signing period opens December 19.
"We have enjoyed an incredible run". Just look at what Oklahoma did in a similar situation before the 2017 season, when Bob Stoops retired in June; offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley took over, and the team has made the playoff in both seasons since. A marquee win against Ohio State would be a valuable part in the process to restore the conference's credibility. The school suspended him for the first three games of the season over his handling of domestic abuse allegations lodged against former Buckeyes assistant Zach Smith.
This also isn't the first time Meyer has stepped away from coaching. Ohio State announced this morning that Meyer will retire after the Rose Bowl. In 2014, Meyer had brain surgery to address a congenital arachnoid cyst, but he still deals with occasional painful headaches.
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While Meyer brought a lot of success to the team, he was also at the center of controversy.
Kelly is now the head coach at UCLA. Meyer has dealt with a number health issues throughout his coaching career - some that had returned this season.
Later in the press conference, Cleveland.com's Doug Lesmerises asked Meyer if he's certain he will not coach again. He's a second-year Ohio State assistant who had never before been a head coach.
His time at Ohio State wasn't without controversy.
Meyer's time in Florida over six years included two national championships. This has always been viewed as Meyer's dream job.
Meyer's salary is $7.6 million in 2018 and he has about $38 million left on his contract. He coached for two years at Bowling Green and two years at Utah before joining Florida in 2005.