Urban Meyer is retiring as Ohio State's head coach

Urban Meyer.
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Destroying Michigan must've been on Urban Meyer's bucket list, because he's about to retire on a very high note.

After leading the Buckeyes to a near-perfect season this year, the Ohio State football coach will retire following the team's upcoming Rose Bowl appearance, the school announced Tuesday. The bowl will cap Meyer's astounding 82-9 record with Ohio State and his more than 30-year coaching career.

Meyer is an Ohio native, and got his first college football coaching job with the Buckeyes before shuffling to different coaching positions around the country. Most of those years were spent as a head coach at Florida and Ohio State — two teams he led to national championships. Meyer also scored several conference championships along the way, amassing an overall 186-32 win record as a head coach. Earlier this year, questions over Meyer's handling of an ex-assistant's alleged domestic abuse got him suspended for three games.

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Meyer's retirement was first reported by Yahoo Sports, citing the 54-year-old coach's ongoing brain health issues. Sources also say his "happiness with the state of the Ohio State program" is why Meyer feels comfortable leaving the team in the hands of Ryan Day, who led the team while Meyer was on paid leave this year. Seeing as Meyer is pretty confident about the future, Michigan fans may not want to get so hopeful for redemption next time around.

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