Urban Meyer Leaves Ohio State With One of the Most Remarkable Head Coaching Records in Football History

By Johnny Ginter on December 4, 2018 at 8:49 am
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer will leave Ohio State as one of the most accomplished college football coaches of all time. The totality of his career, which has spanned decades at places like Bowling Green, Utah, Florida, and Ohio State, is one of the most remarkable statistical achievements in college football history.

Coaching in 218 games and winning 186 of them, Urban Meyer's .853 win percentage is one of the highest ever. He won three national titles (just one of 16 college football coaches to accomplish this feat) at two different universities, including his most recent at Ohio State in 2014. Meyer was 11-3 in the 14 bowl games he coached, and will be favored to win his 15th and first Rose Bowl.

In seven seasons at Ohio State, Urban Meyer's teams were nothing short of dominant. He never lost more than two games in a season, won three Big Ten titles, went 82-9 overall, and a ridiculous 54-4 in Big Ten conference play. 

And, of course, Urban Meyer was undefeated against Michigan, going 7-0 and winning those games by an average margin of 39-27.

Other statistics of note:

  • Urban Meyer won seven conference titles at Utah, Florida, and Ohio State combined
  • Meyer had by far the highest winning percentage of any active coach with over ten years of head coaching experience
  • Meyer's teams finished their seasons ranked in the top five eight times during his career
  • Meyer never posted a record worse than 8-5 (Florida, 2010)
  • Urban Meyer has an extensive coaching tree that includes Dan Mullen, Luke Fickell, Mike Vrabel, Doc Holliday, and Steve Addazio
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