He heads into the game with an 82-9 record during his Ohio State tenure, including a ideal record over archrival MI.
Now that Urban Meyer has announced he is retiring as Ohio State head coach after the team's appearance in the Rose Bowl in January, the inevitable next step is to project what happens next with the highly successful coach. Only 18 FBS coaches have more than 200 wins and Meyer can tie Jess Neely at No. 27 on the list with an Ohio State win over Washington in the Rose Bowl.
The news follows a season filled with speculation about his future with the program for reasons ranging from his health - he has an enlarged congenital arachnoid cyst on his brain - to the way he handled domestic violence allegations against former assistant coach Zach Smith, which also led to his three-game suspension earlier this season.
The timing of the announcement was based on recruiting, he said; it needed to be announced before the early signing period opens December 19. He later served as an assistant coach at Illinois State and Colorado State before working at Notre Dame for six years. Meyer took a leave of absence after the 2009 season while at Florida after a health scare. Two years later he won his third national title by leading the Buckeyes in the first-ever College Football Playoffs.
There already have been questions about whether Ohio State should have conducted a wider and longer search for Meyer's replacement.
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Ohio State followed that with five straight wins, including a rout of archrival MI that gave the Buckeyes another division title and then pulled away for an easy win over Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship.
"This will keep me healthier than not, because I'll have to get back in better shape, and I'll have something to do every morning", he said. He was also the first to post three 13-win seasons in a four-year span and win two BCS titles. Mark Richt will be 59 next season and isn't on the hot seat, but if the program stalls out in the next two years, Richt could choose to retire, opening up a spot for Meyer to swoop in. "He had an opportunity to audition in a different way, not relative to winning on the field, but how he mastered leading, not just the football staff but everyone around it", Smith said. But he will never find a better fit than Ohio State because there is no better college job than Ohio State.
Here's what a top five list of winningest active coaches now looks like without Meyer and Snyder on it. He brought Meyer to Columbus.
It appeared to be a dream job for the Toledo native.
Brown said he loves and admires Meyer, and will miss him in coaching. Meyer has about $38 million left on his contract.