Meyer didn't feel Tuesday was the day to dissect his legacy but he briefly touched on it. He answered: "I'm sure it will..."
He says stepping away would have been more hard if the program wasn't healthy. Day coached the team in Meyer's absence. Meyer said his decision had to come before the December 19 signing day.
And Ohio State was at a low point.
He later issued a statement apologizing directly to Smith's wife, saying, "Let me say here and now what I should have said on Wednesday: I sincerely apologize to Courtney Smith and her children for what they have gone through". "His strengths really come in the classroom and to be able to teach you and understand the game plan of what you want to accomplish and why you want to get that accomplished so you're successful".
"It didn't take long for me to figure out what the expectations were on Ohio State football". He will step down after the Rose Bowl on January 1. A 2 p.m. news conference has been scheduled.
As NPR's James Doubek reported, "Meyer fired Zach Smith, an assistant coach, on July 23 after learning of reports that". (Television images from Buckeyes games this season often showed Meyer doubled over, seemingly in pain.) Both Thamel and Lesmerises say Meyer's health was a factor in his decision to step down.
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After an exciting championship weekend in college football, four teams came out on top to be in the College Football Playoffs . "To watch those kids battle, it was one of those games you remember because it was college football at its best", Kelly said.
"Brown added: "(Meyer) told me that he couldn't be animated at the level he needed to to energize the team and stay healthy".
It will be his first time coaching in the Rose Bowl.
Ryan Day, who coached the Buckeyes during Meyer's absence and was promoted this year to offensive coordinator, will take the team's reins upon Meyer's departure.
Smith was in a similar situation to the one OSU's players are in now when he was in college and his coach, a legend who'd had incredible success at a legendary football program, retired at a young age. To assume Meyer's retirement counts the Buckeyes out in the near term is simplistic and premature; this is a team that's been a juggernaut under any number of coaches.
To minimize the impact of Meyer is foolish. The Buckeyes won at least 10 games in each of Meyer's seven seasons with the school, a run that was highlighted by a national championship in 2014 when Ohio State went 14-1 and rolled to the title win over Oregon. But with God, my family, and friends, I would like to announce that I am decommitting from The Ohio State University. In 17 seasons at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State, he has compiled a 186-32 record. He has a cyst in his brain that causes severe headaches.
Meyer guided Ohio State to the national championship in 2014 after doing so at Florida in 2006 and 2008.