Born in Toledo, Ohio, Meyer started his coaching career with a two-year stint at Bowling Green State.
No further details about the decision to retire were immediately available.
Meyer began his college coaching career as a graduate assistant in 1986, coaching tight ends. He later served as an assistant coach at Illinois State and Colorado State before working at Notre Dame for six years. He won two national titles at Florida before he left the Gators with health-related issues. He has nine conference titles in 14 seasons and has gone 10-3 in bowl competition.
The wild day at Ohio State just got even busier with Cavazos making his surprising announcement. I know Florida one time I thought we were close to going. He took a hiatus from coaching, but he wasn't done.
What OU did with Bud Wilkinson replacing Jim Tatum, and Chuck Fairbanks replacing Jim Mackenzie, and Barry Switzer replacing Fairbanks, and Lincoln Riley replacing Bob Stoops, Ohio State did with Ryan Day replacing Meyer.
USC - The Trojans retained Clay Helton after a 5-7 season but made sweeping changes to his staff with an effort of radically different results next year.
His time at Ohio State wasn't without controversy. He has three national championships on his resume - one at Ohio State in 2014 and two at Florida in 2006 and 2008 - to go along with two undefeated seasons (2004 at Utah, 2012 at Ohio State).
While Meyer brought a lot of success to the team, he was also at the center of controversy. Meyer allegedly was made aware of the domestic abuse but chose not to follow up on it.
Meyer was suspended for the first three games of this season, and I truly believe that's why he stepped down on Tuesday. He also rushed for three touchdowns against Maryland, salvaging one of the Buckeyes' worst defensive performances this season and highlighting exactly how much Ohio State needed him this year.
In April, Ohio State announced Meyer had signed a two-year contract extension that would keep him at the helm through 2022. But when he resigned from the job, he left part of that money behind. Asked if he would definitely return to Ohio State next year, he answered, "Yes". He reportedly resides in OH with his wife in a massive 12,000-square-foot mansion.
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer is retiring, the school said on Tuesday. And then there is the arachnoid cyst that puts pressure on the coach's brain and sometimes causes the kind of headaches that dropped him to one knee on the sidelines during the IN game earlier this season. It's suspected that this is a major reason for his retirement. Turns out, he wanted to spend more time with his ESPN family.
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