Ex-Players pay tribute to OSU coach Urban Meyer

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The Chip Kelly disciple who earned a 3-0 record as interim head coach guided Dwayne Haskins, J.T. Barrett and Ohio State's offense to insane numbers each of the last two seasons.

The news of Urban Meyer's retirement at Ohio State shouldn't come as a shock to anybody.

The Ryan that Meyer mentioned is offensive coordinator Ryan Day, who takes over as Ohio State's coach on January 2 after the Rose Bowl.

He has been dealing with an arachnoidal cyst inside his skull since first diagnosed in 1998, and which flared up again in the middle of this season causing severe headaches at times.

He was also battered this year by an offseason issue involving a now-fired assistant coach that led to Meyer's suspension for the first three games of the season. Meyer brought an SEC style program to Ohio State and went 54-4 in the Big Ten in seven seasons. During that time Ohio State went 3-0, including a 40-28 win over a then-No.

"Marotti is considered one of the top-five strength coaches in the country, Voltolini has helped Meyer build programs since his early days at Bowling Green, and Pantoni is the most respected personnel director in college football", Thamel wrote. A shocking blowout loss at unranked Purdue on October 20 pushed Ohio State to the fringe of the national championship chase and prompted all sorts of questions about Meyer's future. Day is seen as a popular and capable heir apparent.

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"And the third thing is what we saw today, was Urban Meyer resigning as the coach at Ohio State". Ohio State will officially name Day as the permanent replacement on Tuesday.

Operating under the belief that Meyer will return to coaching in the next two years, these are some of the colleges that could potentially be fits for Meyer to get back in the game.

When Day was named interim head coach in September, he received daily text messages from his coaching mentor Chip Kelly, whom he played for at New Hampshire and coached with in San Francisco and Philadelphia.

One of the primary speculations is a jump to the National Football League for Meyer, who has never coached at the pro level. UF posted its worst mark under Meyer at 8-5 in 2010, and he again chose to retire after the season, citing health concerns. Ohio State boasts the country's No. 12 class right now.

Former Buckeyes linebacker Joshua Perry says in a tweet that aside from his parents, Meyer was "one of the most influential people to touch my life".

Lesmerises asked if he was fairly certain, "I am certain yes, Meyer said".

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