Urban Meyer is the First Ohio State Head Coach in Nearly 70 Years to Leave the Position Voluntarily

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BigBuckeye1976's picture

Urban left of top of the Big 10 and atop of Buckeye Nation. We had a living legend coaching our beloved team for the past seven years. He went out in style and with class. His dignity upheld and his honor unscathed. Great man, great family and great Buckeye!!!

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Icouldnotgofor3's picture

Best part is he'll hang around the program and give any insight or opinions going forward. Says love living in Muirfield....

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Lighteyes's picture

It always bugs me when people talk about Ohio State's coaches all being fired, because that's basically the real world of college football. Let's pick a couple other random high-end schools.

Clemson: 6 out of the last 7 pre-Dabo coaches left unceremoniously: Tommy Bowden, fired. Tommy West, fired. Ken Hatfield, 'resigned' after school officials refused to extend his contract. Danny Ford, retired of his own accord (yay). Charlie Pell, fired. Red Parker, fired. Hootie Ingram, fired. 

USC: 6 out of last 7 coached fired. Sarkisian, fired. Lane Kiffin, fired at an airport. Pete Carroll, left for NFL (yay). Paul Hackett, fired. John Robinson 2.0, fired. Larry Smith, fired. Ted Tollner, fired.

The whole Graveyard of Coaches thing might have been true in the 40's and 50's when even bad coaches could easily stick around for decades so Ohio State's turnover was more than the norm...but Ohio State's last four coaching hires all getting fired isn't particularly notable compared to modern college football. If anything, Ohio State is actually more stable than most coaching jobs given that they've had basically four non-interim coaches since 1951 (for comparison those Clemson stats only go back to 1970 and the USC stats only go back to the mid-80's).

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stantmann's picture

The talking heads out there want you to believe he was forced out... assholes....

"When you're part of a team, you stand up for your teammates. Your loyalty is to them. You protect them through good and bad, because they'd do the same for you." Yogi Berra

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Crumb's picture

It's sort of a curse. No Ohio State coach gets to go out on their own terms. I don't believe Urban being medically forced to retire qualifies as his going out on his own terms either. 

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

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Trotwoodbuck's picture

Have to agree.  He wasn't fired which is great, but being forced to retire due to health problems isn't my definition of leaving on his own terms.  I am sure if he was setting the terms he would be healthy as a horse and coaching the Buckeyes well into the future.

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BigBuckeye1976's picture

Hopefully Urban can get doctor to help him. His condition may NOT be operable :( but with all the medical breakthrus then maybe he can find a treatment to help. Best wishes coach, get well and enjoy your well deserved retirement.

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bgraber45's picture

So....the situation has to be perfect to satisfy your definition of “retiring on his own terms?” Frank Beamer retired after several mediocre seasons. Same thing with Bear Bryant because he felt Alabama deserved better coaching. Bob Stoops retired out of nowhere. While his teams were still doing well & he didnt have the health issues that Urban has, he was still very worried about dropping dead on the sideline like his dad did. 

Just like Urban, these guys still retired of their own free will. Thats all you need
 

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Crumb's picture

Well when you are crossing a street and a car nearly runs you over but you barely get out of the way, you did it under your own free will but I wouldn't think it was on your own terms. 

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

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Txsbuckeye's picture

We should all share our favorite Wes Fesler memories. 

#TheBuckeyesAgainstTheWorld

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Capt. Kline's picture

Three straight All-American selections. 1928, 1929 and in '30, unanimous AA while a member of Ohio State.

Born and bred a Buckeye - Buckeye 'til I die

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blackblockO's picture

Id say he went out on his own. Geanes said he went into his office yesterday morning and asked what he was going to do. If that doesnt qualify then I dont know what would.

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hetuck's picture

Fesler couldn't take the heat after his game management lost the Snow bowl, negating one of the greatest plays in OSU history, a 38 yd. field goal kicked by Vic Janowicz into the teeth of a 28 MPH wind in a swirling blizzard. Quitting like that shouldn't count as leaving of his own accord. 

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

Vince Lombardi

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45has2's picture

The argument could be made that Luke left of his own accord. He knew he was just keeping the seat warm for Meyer. 

Censores irrumasti.

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bucksfan92's picture

It really goes back even farther than that.  John Wilce was the last OSU coach to truly leave of his own volition.  He retired to practice medicine.  Even Paul Brown left to go into the service, so while he wasn't fired, it wasn't like he willingly left the job and he wasn't given the job on his return. So it's been 90 years since an OSU coach actually said "I'm done" and walked off into the sunset. Hopefully Urban finishes it out right with a victory in Pasadena, which I believe would make him the only OSU coach to end his career with a Rose Bowl win.

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Buckeyechuck5's picture

I have to be honest. I was crazy about Urban when it became apparent he would be hired at OSU. In the beginning, I knew what we were getting. Over the last 7 years, I grew to love this guy because the relationship he had with buckeye nation and his players. Call me a cry baby but I am struggling. We have just witnessed greatness that may be unmatched for a wile. As great of a coach as Urban is and was, he is an even better person. Urban truly cares about people. If crying was something I did, i would do it right now. I am searching for a coping mechanism. All I have to say is the bucks better fight the Huskies across the field and Urban better get carried off the field like earl Bruce did. I am sincerely heart broken. I will truly miss this guy. I'm glad glad he could leave on his own terms with no more ugliness. God bless you Urbs.....

"Life is not about how hard you can hit, it's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. THATS HOW WINNING IS DONE!!" - Rocky Ballboa

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BigBuckeye1976's picture

I'm imagining some tears when singing Carmen Ohio for the last time as head coach. Please carry our coach off as a hero on the shoulders of his soldiers. Go Bucks and thrash the Huskies. If we weren't motivated before I'd imagine we are now!!!

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Joeman's picture

Urban Liar rides off into the sunset. Because of  Suckeye nation all stores in Ohio have sold out of Kleenex tissues. 

Joe man

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BigBuckeye1976's picture

And someday Meat Chicken might win, well maybe, actually NOT

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Crumb's picture

Clearly someone who's hurting from 62. Or maybe about the rumors little Jimmy is going to Green Bay or Cleveland. 

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

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BigBuckeye1976's picture

Green Bay would be perfect. There's already one prima Donna already there in Rodgers so why NOT add yet another douche bag. Hairball would never coach in any capacity in Ohio. Even Cleveland wouldn't accept his worthless @$$

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Crumb's picture

I'd love to see Rodgers and Harbaugh together. One way or another it'd make for good TV. 

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

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BigBuckeye1976's picture

Keep reminiscing about Meat Chicken's overall record in "the game" & take pride in the fact that the majority of the wins came before WWII iwas over. Meat Chicken is the best football program is America /s

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BigBuckeye1976's picture

Can you guys at least show up and represent the Big 10 and finally beat Florida? I imagine NOT but it doesn't hurt to ask. BTW, Winnovich left his box of tampons and bottle of midol in Columbus. He's probably grief stricken without his feminine hygiene products.

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Buckeyechuck5's picture

Go back to MgoF_c_yourself before I roundhouse kick the taste of jimmies junk out of your mouth.

"Life is not about how hard you can hit, it's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. THATS HOW WINNING IS DONE!!" - Rocky Ballboa

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MasonBuckeye's picture

Who invited the lady?

It. Is. Time.

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MetaxaMan's picture

In my opinion..  Urban was forced to “retire” during all that crap at the beginning of this season.  I believe this was part of the compromise and outcome of the intense meeting regarding disciplinary action that resulted in the 3 game suspension.  Prez Drake wanted a stronger/longer suspension.  Meyer threatened to sue OSU.  I believe the compromise with the Board was “3 game suspension and then graciously retire at end of season”.  No clear path was stated on what/how Urban will assist the program moving forward. If the stress of the position was not good for his health, then why not graciously step-down from being HC and stay in the role of Player Recruitment which is obviously a strong performance area from Coach Meyer that no one should dispute. Thank you Coach Meyer for 7 great years of OSU football!  Stay healthy for your family and yourself.

MetaxaMan

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