When we talk about Urban Meyer leaving Ohio State several years from now, we'll likely look at it with a wide lens that stretches from July through December and ultimately decide that maybe this wasn't so much of a surprise after all.
Still, one of the most successful coaches in Buckeye football history leaving the program is a pretty momentous occasion, and it left both fans and players surprised, reflective, and wondering what comes next.
O state has to win by 100pts now lol send him out with a bang— Tyvis Powell (@1Tyvis) December 4, 2018
Happiness theory was real. It can come when you're at peace with a situation.— Anthony Rothman (@AnthonyRothman) December 4, 2018
Well @BeauBishop looks like we will have an eventful two hours coming up on the show.— James Laurinaitis (@JLaurinaitis55) December 4, 2018
Nothing but love for this man right here. Couldnt thank him enough for what hes done for me and my family. The standard he has set here at Ohio State will continue to go on and well be just fine #Respect https://t.co/2yaceXP3Hx— Drue Chrisman (@DChrisman91) December 4, 2018
Breaking News: Urban Meyer is retiring. Considering moving on to work with the Saints. Which is perfect . Love you coach @OSUCoachMeyer I shed a tear everytime thinking about the impact you had on my life and many other individuals. You provided tools for success. #GoBucks— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) December 4, 2018
Urban Meyer actually just did the impossible. With the exception of Gary Williams, who was there for only 3 years, he is now the only men's BB coach or FB coach to not be fired/forced out by Ohio State since the 50's. The last football coach to accomplish that was Paul Brown.— Brian Snow (@BSnow247) December 4, 2018
Being able to leave Ohio State on your own terms speaks volumes on Coach Meyer's success. pic.twitter.com/YNn7U0Escz— Reid Fragel (@Fragel79) December 4, 2018
7:27 a.m Tuesday morning.— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) December 4, 2018
//looks at email on phone
7YO: "Daddy, you said a bad word"
Me running upstairs: "I KNOW I'M SORRY MOMMY'S TAKING YOU TO SCHOOL URBAN RETIRED LOVE YOU."
7YO scratching head: "I thought the season was over"
Collective sigh up north, huh? #BuckeyeNation— George Reese (@G_REESE) December 4, 2018
Ryan Day (39 on Jan. 2) will be the youngest full-time head coach at Ohio State since Woody Hayes, who was hired at age 38 in 1951.— Jason Starrett (@starrettjason) December 4, 2018
Huge congrats to @OSUCoachMeyer on a great season and even better career. Glad you finished the home stretch as a #Buckeye and youll forever be a Champion ...Oh and it was awesome of you to have my parents cater team meals after you tasted the best soul food in Columbus— JAY RICHARDSON (@JayRichardson99) December 4, 2018
Urban Meyer will officially end his career 7-0, undefeated against Michigan. He will be 83-9 over seven seasons if he wins the Rose Bowl. That includes winning the first #CFBPlayoff.— Patrick Murphy (@_Pat_Murphy) December 4, 2018
wow congrats to ryan smith, whoever that is pic.twitter.com/ZNVdUizOXg— kyle morrison (@morrison_kyle_) December 4, 2018
"He wants to coach, but physically he cant. He cant do this anymore. Urban Meyer is a good man, and hes had a tremendous impact on young people."@criscarter80 on his former WR coach & friend to step down at Ohio State pic.twitter.com/hlqO0eVU9j— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) December 4, 2018
Thank you @OSUCoachMeyer for an unbelievable 7 years! Ill never forget the pregame speech you gave @OhioStateMLAX my senior year before we took down TTUN. Without a doubt one of the greatest to ever do it. #BuckeyeLegend pic.twitter.com/D61SZweIL6— Rick Lewis (@RickLewis21) December 4, 2018
Congratulations @OSUCoachMeyer on one hell of a career! Besides my parents, you were one of the most influential people to touch my life and Im appreciative of that Go get that ! #UrbanLegend #GoBucks @spinnershells @Nicki_07— Joshua E Perry (@RIP_JEP) December 4, 2018
Lets all be honest with ourselves: Urban Meyer wanted his final season to be the same as @TIM_MAYsports, the true— Eric Seger (@EricSeger33) December 4, 2018
Thanks @OSUCoachMeyer for an amazing 4 years at OSU. It was truly an honor to play for not only the best coach in America, but a great mentor as well. Take care coach. Salute #UrbanLegend #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/cxl3IwhJ9V— Tyvis Powell (@1Tyvis) December 4, 2018
In one year, you taught me more about myself than I ever could've asked for in all four years of college. Thank you for everything Coach, but most importantly... thanks for kicking TTUN's ass! #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/qbfj7MB5CE— Reid Fragel (@Fragel79) December 4, 2018
"Make preparations in advance. You never have trouble if you are prepared for it." Theodore Roosevelt #QuietTime— Jim Tressel (@JimTressel5) December 4, 2018
Coach Meyer... Thank you!— TATE MARTELL (@TheTateMartell) December 4, 2018
Coach Day... Lets do this!
Ryan Day will become Ohio State's 25th head football coach soon, and he's got some extremely large shoes to fill. All the best of luck to him.