Former Gators coach Urban Meyer announces retirement

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP/WCJB) -- A former two-time National Championship winning Gator football coach is hanging up his headset.

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Ohio State's Urban Meyer will retire after the Rose Bowl and assistant Ryan Day will be the next head coach.

After seven years and a national championship at Ohio State, the 54-year-old Meyer formally announced his departure Tuesday at a news conference.

Meyer says a series of factors led to his decision to step down as coach after the Rose Bowl. He says his headaches have become a persistent problem. Meyer has said he suffers from debilitating headaches caused by an arachnoid cyst in his brain. Florida fans will be familiar with Meyer's health issues, which played a part in his final two seasons in Gainesville. Meyer suffered a medical emergency and had to be rushed to the hospital after the Gators' loss in the 2009 SEC Championship Game. The next season would be his last at UF.

Meyer also says he is not sure he'll be able to coach at the intense, demanding level he has used for more than 30 years.

Meyer was also battered this year by an offseason scandal involving a now-fired assistant coach that led to Meyer's suspension for the first three games of the season.

Meyer was 81-9 with a national championship at Ohio State after six years at Florida, where he won two national titles.

Meyer will coach through the Rose Bowl, but he announced his retirement from coaching on Tuesday afternoon, not just his departure from Ohio State. Though fans have reason to be wary of this announcement. When Meyer left the Gators he cited the time-consuming schedule of a head football coach, and wanting to spend more time with his family. He was announced as the new head coach at Ohio State eleven months after his final game with the Gators.