Urban Meyer's Decision to Retire From Ohio State After This Season Was More Than a Year in the Making

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ChicagoBuckeye10's picture

Distraught as a Buckeye fan, moreso happy for his family and loved ones.  Thanks for everything, UFM.

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BigBuckeye1976's picture

Same here bro!!! God bless Urban and family for all that they've done and the memories that have been made of the years!!! Buckeyes forever

BigBuckeye says Go Bucks
Muck Fichigan!!!

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mittenst8buck's picture

Regardless of when the decision was made, thanks for everything Urban, we were lucky to have you and wish you nothing but the best!

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Blue Eyed Buckeye's picture

Even at a program with multiple legendary head coaches, Urban stands at the Pinnacle.

I've enjoyed every game and every moment of his run. We're fortune for 7 amazing years!

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Kangarooman's picture

I believe him. You gotta understand that Urban would get picked up in a second by a blue blood if he wanted to coach again. There's no way OSU would pressure him out.

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armynurseboy's picture

Even if he did decide he's feeling better, and goes somewhere else, so what?  He's done nothing but right for us, and has earned the right to do whatever he wants to do in the future.  Now personally, I also happen to believe him.  When Urban took the OSU job almost 8 years ago, the situation was a bit different.  He was 8 years younger, 8 years healthier and those 8 years makes a world of difference.  Urban always said he wasn't going to coach into old age.  If it wasn't this year, it would have been soon.

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DonTurner's picture

He will be at Notre Dame in two years

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Sanantonefan's picture

A. What makes you think the ND job will be open in 2 years? They made the playoffs this year. It's not like they are struggling.
B. Watch Cris Carter's discussion on YouTube. He makes the medical issue out to be much more serious than everybody thinks.

I did not dv you.

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LFC Buckeye's picture

There is a lot of chatter that Kelly is looking to move on.  Sports networks have reported his agent has put out NFL feelers.  Seems to center around how hard it is to do everything at ND, recruiting, scheduling, getting into playoffs, and how the expectations of the fans are unrealistic.

None of that means that Meyer would want that job though.  I'm going to take him at his word he isn't planning to coach again, even though i'm sure we all think he still wants to.  Will be bitter sweet if he does come back down the road to a different school though.

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PhillyNut's picture

Why do we have to endure such morons?

I don't buy one goddam drop of gas in the state of Michigan!

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EnonBuck79's picture

Brightest stars burn out the quickest. The intensity he coaches with takes its toll and it's the only way he knows.
Thanks for everything Coach Meyer.

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DaiTheFlu's picture

That huge sound you just heard was the collective sigh of relief from hundreds of thousands of Michigan fans in Ann Arbor. 

The other sounds you just heard? Those same people saying "Oh shit" after they realize that Ryan Day will be taxing that ass even harder. Urban and Gene Smith wouldn't have handed Ryan the reins if they didn't know that he'd be capable of beating Michigan like Tressel and Meyer have. 

We can't stop here; this is bat country...

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PhillyNut's picture

This is Ohio State's version of Bob Stopps and Lincoln Riley. Ironically two Ohio born, NE Ohio raised coaches stepping away on top of their game to leave the program they love in the hands of very capable young coaches with a smooth transition. Respect the hell out of both of them. Trolls can suck on it all day and night.

I don't buy one goddam drop of gas in the state of Michigan!

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colo_buckeye's picture

I grew up in BG and was in high school as Urban began as the head coach there.  I though "Urban?  What the heck kind of name is that?"  But one of my buddies worked for the landscaper that did his yard, he had some stories, but I remember most of all that he was ALWAYS uber intense, even describing how he wanted his yard done.  I am a huge Urban fan, the guy is first class all the way.  Wish him the best and hope he does indeed stay in around the university, after all, isn't Gene retiring after this year?

God > Family > Buckeyes football

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dallasbuckeye's picture

"As rumors began to bubble to the surface that this season could be Urban Meyer’s final season as Ohio State’s head football coach, it was reasonable to think that such a departure would be a direct result of what happened this summer, when Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave and ultimately suspended three games following an investigation into how he handled domestic violence allegations and other misconduct against former assistant coach Zach Smith.

While that played a part in the decision Meyer made this week, however, he said Tuesday that he has actually been contemplating retirement for more than a year."

Dan, what do you base this claim on? There has been speculation that the way Meyer was treated by the OSU administration had something to do with his decision to retire, but you seem to be certain of this. 

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Sanantonefan's picture

Pretty sure he said it was part of it during the press conference. The medical issue seemed most important though.

I listened to the whole thing using 11W's link, but my short term memory is bad. ;)

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johngobuck's picture

I think he did moderate things better than he did at Florida.   He was working super crazy at Florida.   That said I think whenever things were not working flawlessly he felt compelled to step up his intensity and that combined with his health problems and promises to his family probably didn't go well.   Then all the crap at the beginning of this year I think just made it impossible.   

I think on the other hand, had Ohio State and the media, not put him through hell for someone else's failed relationship I'm betting he could have gone a few more years and I bet that was his plan.    

But after this season, knowing he has the football program and the coaching staff in a good place it was time for him to depart.   I think Day will do a good job. 

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Buckeye7's picture

Congrats and Thanks on a great 7 years that saw us reach the mountain top for the 2nd time since 1970. I wish you and your family all the blessings from God!!!!!

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BuckInNashville's picture

His comment about trying to change his style and “the product starting to fail” is a really interesting one. I wonder if he is talking about 2015 which was pretty inconsistent until the very end of the season despite a roster full of future pros. I was and have been very critical of him about that season and I wish I had known about his struggles, and could take those criticisms back. 

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lippertini's picture

This jumped out to me as well.  Your guess is a solid one.  In which year were the DBs playing super soft and Urban forced the DC to play them tighter?

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Uncle G's picture

 A good reminder to think twice before we criticize.  Unfortunately, we've all been there!

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dallasbuckeye's picture

I think Meyer was referring to this season when he made that comment. He said that he would be more of a CEO when he came back from suspension, and that apparently did not work out to his satisfaction. My guess is that he was not happy with the way the defense was coached this season. 

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awlinBrutus's picture

I'm sure he'd love a redo on that season. 

MICHIGAN STILL SUCKS

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LFC Buckeye's picture

No Jeopardy on because 10tv is recapping his press conference.  Gotta love Ohio :D.

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tcm1968's picture

Sure makes you wonder if this wasn't on his mind last spring/summer and then the Zach Smith fiasco happened and he didn't have a choice. He wasn't going to end things by stepping down under that cloud... and this whole season was a brutal mental/physical grind..

Go Bucks!

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

I really don’t see Meyer retiring in the spring/summer and leaving the program ina lurch. 

"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, & in the manner in which you live.
So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
- Stuart Scott

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LFC Buckeye's picture

I just don't see them all fighting so hard to keep him just so he can retire with a bit more dignity.  He knew this was coming because of his health anyway, just seems more likely it caught up to him over the past few months more than he predicted.

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Sanantonefan's picture

Interesting that he said it was really bad after the Penn State game last year. Wonder if that impacted preparation for Iowa the next week. Purely speculation of course.

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bd2999's picture

It is possible, but that still just seemed like a game were Iowa made the point to exploit OSU's glaring weaknesses all game and OSU had no answer. 

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Sanantonefan's picture

True enough. I blame myself. It was the only game I did not watch all year. ;)

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LJ's Ninjas's picture

Urban will always be a legend in the eyes of Buckeye fans. At the same time, I am excited for what Day brings to the table. He has been able to experience the culture, recruiting approach, and Real Life Wednesdays that seem to separate us from other programs in the eyes of both parents and recruits so he can continue to build on those pieces.  Here's to hoping LJ sticks at a minimum for the foreseeable future as he, just like Mickey, is an integral part of this program. Would love to see Hartline retained as well while the jury is still out on several of the others. 

Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.

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awlinBrutus's picture

the only question mark is recruiting. Urban made the best of his first short recruiting class by flipping multiple committed prospects. Day needs to make a statement in recruiting his first year. Turning things around with Harrison would go a long way in settling the nerves of Buckeye nation today. That escalated quickly. 

MICHIGAN STILL SUCKS

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bd2999's picture

It is a shame this had to happen to anybody. Have to look after yourself. It sounds like OSU was lucky to have him as long as they did. 

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andretolstoy's picture

There are a lot of folks that really have some disdain for Urban Meyer. I don't understand not liking a football coach so much. 

If you die before you die, then you won't die when you die. 

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

Jealousy and envy do strange things to people. 

"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, & in the manner in which you live.
So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
- Stuart Scott

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Brutus_Bully's picture

If Day can keep the team focused for the whole season we can get back to the playoff, Urban, God love him, really struggled with that.

I do not at all have the mind of a bully... in my mind bullies are intolerant of contrary opinion, domineering and rather cowardly.

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

Not sure I follow. OSU made the field of 4 in 2014 and 2016. They been in the conversation every year and never finished lower than #7. That’s not exactly struggling. 

"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, & in the manner in which you live.
So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
- Stuart Scott

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Brutus_Bully's picture

We had the best roster in the nation in 2015 and lost at home to MSU with a backup qb and lost to Iowa last year and Purdue this year. That is struggling to keep the team focused because those are games that should have been won and the last two we got blown out which is a major lack of focus or lack of control.

I do not at all have the mind of a bully... in my mind bullies are intolerant of contrary opinion, domineering and rather cowardly.

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

So Clemson must have struggled, too, by losing to Pitt and Syracuse in back to back years.  And Bama was struggling when they lost to Texas A&M, Auburn and Ole Miss a couple of times.

Losing one game a year is far from struggling.

"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, & in the manner in which you live.
So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
- Stuart Scott

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woodrow130's picture

I hope he has a long healthy life. Pressure can be debilitating. I remember Dick Vermeil at the Eagles. Burn out got him. The public doesn't know what real pressure he was under. Thanks coach.

Woodrow130

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Tresselball4life's picture

I woke up this morning to this news and my heart just stoped for a second.  I am destroyed to see Urban go.  The other time I felt this bad was Tressel stepping down.  The only thing to stop ohio state coaches seems to be the media attacking our coaches.  Really hate the media. 

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domeeye's picture

Seriously man! And don't forget about Gordon Gee. Just have been having a similar feeling all day, just like with tressel, look someone passed away or something lol. Super irrational, I know.

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BuckeyeArmyPilot's picture

I feel ya! I’m definitely in mourning, and am depressed over this. I have and will always have the upmost respect for Coach Meyer and will him and his family the best.

I guess my unrealistic expectations has me seeing 7 years as way too short. Spending my 30 year military career in the south, and now living in Alabama, forced me to deal with the SEC bias on a daily basis. It was so nice having Coach Meyer help me deal with the BS.

I will battle for the Bucks until my last breath. I hope Coach Day can raise the bar up another notch.

GO BUCKS!!!!

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dallasbuckeye's picture

I understand how you are feeling. I checked the news on my lunch break and read about Meyer retiring. I was truly shocked. I thought that he would coach for at least another year, maybe two. What happened with Tressel was depressing as hell, but we all knew that he would have to leave after the NCAA began to move against Ohio St. Despite the rumors of retirement, I expected to read today that Meyer had committed to coaching through 2019 or 2020. We have been incredibly fortunate to have had back to back generational coaches. I just wish that their time at Ohio St had not been cut short. I have the last seven editions of The Game recorded. I'm going to watch all of them again this week to cheer up.

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Dillon G's picture

I wonder if being thrown under the bus by Drake factored in. It sure seems like the health is it.

#walkaway

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SilverHaven's picture

Urban appeared much less motivated after the suspension.

Mahalo, Drake, for killing the goose that laid the golden eggs.

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka 'Aina I ka Pono. The life of the land is preserved in righteousness. (Hawai'i state motto) Aloha nui kakou.

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domeeye's picture

Man, is anyone else pretty devastated? Really appreciated having the guy here and everything he did, but he meant so much to Ohio State. Been feeling sorrowful the whole day. Really hoping Day pans out well

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BuckFanInRichmond's picture

I understand why, due to his health, Urban had to retire now, and I wish him the best in his retirement. I just wish he could have been able to continue one more year. It really irks me though that now McMurphy is probably walking around giddy thinking he succeeded in taking Urban down. Also, Finebaum will let everybody know he was right when he said Meyer would never coach at OSU again after this year. This also greatly disgusts me since he was right but only for the wrong reason.

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BucksWinItAll's picture

Fuck those two dickbags.  Stop watching that god awful network.

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dallasbuckeye's picture

This x1000! The older I get, the more I realize that life is too short to waste any of it reading what assholes like those have to say. Urban Meyer still has one game left to coach, so try to stay positive and focus on the Rose Bowl instead of "journalists" who have it in for Meyer and Ohio St.

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BucksWinItAll's picture

Thanks for an amazing run, Coach Meyer!  Sad to see it end, but you have put our program in an elite spot.  All aboard the Ryan Day train!!!!!! !

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westcampus's picture

This is why the Board meeting the day of the suspension took 19 hours.  He was done then. 

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TraptnMI's picture

That’s what I sure believed

" It's real good whatcha done Anthony, real good ! "

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buckeyedude's picture

We're not Florida fans. Urban will always be respected in the state of Ohio.  I was thrilled when they announced him as new coach, and he didn't disappoint. 

"If you're not changing, you're falling behind."

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TraptnMI's picture

I’ll be missing Urbans hairline and motivational speaking the most I think 

" It's real good whatcha done Anthony, real good ! "

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weimerad's picture

He’s not done coaching people.  Give him 2 years and he’ll be back coaching at Notre Dame.  Interesting scenario don’t you think?  Brian Kelly will be off to the nfl and Urban will replace him.  And guess what?  Osu and ND okay a home and home in 4-5 years!!!! Hmmmm interesting 

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sawesome's picture

If he's good to coach, healthwise, more power to him.

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

I seriously doubt it. 

"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, & in the manner in which you live.
So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
- Stuart Scott

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dallasbuckeye's picture

I doubt it too. His brain cyst shouldn't be operated on again, according to the advice of his doctors, so it will never get better. The best he can do is to avoid stress as much as possible, which rules out a return to coaching. It's a damn shame that one of the greatest coaches of all time has to retire at 54, but that seems to be the situation. I feel for Urban, he loves football and Ohio St, he wants to coach, but he can't. I do hope that he can remain involved with Ohio St in some way. That would be good for the university, and for him.

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Das Hufeisen's picture

I remember criticisms of Urban on gamedays, saying he was too much of a micromanager. This article confirms what I suspected, that he was delegating too much.

AKA the Horseshoe, the Shoe, and the House That Harley Built

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

Buckeye Nation has been blessed to have Urban over the past 7 years. Here's to his health and enjoyment with his family in his retirement.

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fritziebuck's picture

This was just a very weird hire, and honestly puzzling on many levels.  

1)  Ohio State didn't compete the job.  OSU should've seen who's out there, who's interested.  Heard what they had to say, heard their pitch.  They could've interviewed Ryan Day also.  Then made a decision.  To gift Ryan Day the job without any competition is puzzling.

2)  Day has no connection to the state of Ohio.  Never coached in Ohio on any level, never did anything in the state of Ohio.  Not sure why the University decided to hire someone with no ties to the state.  

3)  Ryan Day has zero head coaching experience.  Not only did we gift him a job with no competition, the guy has zero head coaching experience.   Ohio State is not the place for training wheels.  And a 3-game sample from a team Urban Meyer built is not enough.   

This was a strange decision by Ohio State and quite frankly, I just don't get it.  

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

Watch the press conference. Gene Smith gave a very good explanation. 

He didn’t see a candidate out there who was worth “blowing up the whole program” over. 

BTW - Nick Saban is from West Virginia. Dabo Swinney is from Alabama. Doesn’t seem to hurt them too much. 

"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, & in the manner in which you live.
So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
- Stuart Scott

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ARMYBUCK's picture

Well, I'm sure you've seen Urban Meyers coaching tree and when Urban gushes about Ryan Day being one of the best football minds he has been around, that means something. I guess that's all we really need to "get". GO BUCKS!

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MindSurfr's picture

This "no connection to the state of Ohio" thing is disingenuous. Had Day went to somewhere else and then was considered for the head coach opening, the reasons to get him would be "he coached at Ohio State 2016-18, that's his Ohio connection. let's get him." 

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Ishi's picture

Ohio State will survive.   

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Buckeyeneer's picture

Godspeed, Coach!

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

I doubt you’re reading these comments, Coach. If you are, thanks for seven fantastic years. Thanks for setting the right example for seven classes of young men. Thanks for setting a culture of respect & excellence (one and off the field), and for preparing your student athletes for life beyond the game. Most of all, thanks for putting up with one of the most demanding, privileged, and critical fan bases in sports.

Your presence on the sideline will be missed. 

"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, & in the manner in which you live.
So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
- Stuart Scott

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CanadianBuckeyeEh's picture

You said it all, Navy.   ^^^ This times a thousand million thousands.  

"Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else." - Judy Garland

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Buctor's picture

Good luck in the future Coach.  May whatever medical procedures employed work better than expected.  Heal!  Then come back to a job within the athletic department.  Hope you find work you enjoy!!

Beat everyone, in every sport, all the time!!!

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dallasbuckeye's picture

Maybe there will be a breakthrough in the way brain cysts like his are treated. You never know, new surgical procedures are developed every year. That would be fantastic, but in the meantime, I just hope he stays healthy and is able to adjust to life after coaching.

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newmexicanbrutus's picture

Haven't felt this sick since I traded in my truck for a family car. 

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Go1Bucks's picture

I cant blame him for leaving.
With Drake and this committee of #boohoo money bags calling shots- and the cfp crooked playoff system, why bother. He has done more than enough to cement his legacy and for us grateful Buckeyes, he is the ultimate Skunk Weasel killer.
God Bless and swift travels to all he does in the future.

Go Bucks! TTUN tears are best! Beat Wisky!!!

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Chestnut Ridge Buckeye's picture

 I can’t  express how relieved I am to read this article. I was afraid that the scandal arising out of Mc Murphys accusations might have driven the BoT to make his retirement a condition of keeping him this season. He has my sincere thanks and best wishes for improved health in the near future.

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Chestnut Ridge Buckeye's picture

 I can’t  express how relieved I am to read this article. I was afraid that the scandal arising out of Mc Murphys accusations might have driven the BoT to make his retirement a condition of keeping him this season. He has my sincere thanks and best wishes for improved health in the near future.

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CanadianBuckeyeEh's picture

Not the way I wanted to wake up today.  I have been sad all day.  

Going to be going through at least a few stages of the 5 stages of grieving here.  No bargaining, but sadness, anger and acceptance for sure.

Absolutely love and respect Urban and Shelley and all they’ve done for us.  Selfishly, I want more National Championships and beatdowns of TTUN.   186 - 32 over 17 years.   83-9 at OSU.   7-0 over TTUN.  Amazing career.   Thank you, Coach! 

I also feel a sense of loss, of missed opportunities for 2012 (if our AD taken a bowl ban in 2011) and perhaps 2015 and this year.   It feels like we just got going and now it’s ending.   Those on 11W who have encouraged us  to enjoy these times we’re right to do so.   Nothing lasts forever.   Golden Era, indeed.  

Anger toward McAssHat and Drake.  The lies and slander by the former coupled with the PC BS of that wussy cowardly sniveling Drake no doubt contributed to the stress and rapid health decline we’ve witnessed.  If there’s any justice, they will pay sometime down the road. 

Finally, God Bless Urban and his family.  Thank you for everything you’ve done for Buckeye Nation and for our student athletes.   We love you.  We’ll miss you.    

Ryan Day will be great.  May he wreak havoc on TTUN, the B1G 10 and all of college football for the next 2 decades!  

But I will always miss Urban. 

"Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else." - Judy Garland

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Buckeye4Life61's picture

I had a feeling that "coaching different" would eventually not work out for Urban. Not meaning that he could not delegate and still make it work, but he is such a perfectionist and a competitor that he could not accept anything less than perfect. Thank God we were able to even experience 7 great years with the legend.

Thanks for everything Coach!

Go Bucks!

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MNBuck's picture

Selfishly I am terrified of slipping into mediocrity similar to the spans of time Florida, TTUN, USC, Oregon, Texas, among other empires have fallen into after prominent coaches left town...

"The people, who try to make this world worse... are not taking a day off. How can I? Light up the darkness. ~ Bob Marley

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