DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – 2 NEWS reporter Ethan Fitzgerald spent the day talking with fans all over the Miami Valley about Urban Meyer’s choice to step down after the Rose Bowl.
Miami Valley residents are disappointed but not really surprised.
“Urban Meyer, there’s not a lot like him. He’s a dime a dozen. We will see,” said David Jenkins of Huber Heights.
“Look at the numbers. He has the numbers to prove that he knows what he’s doing,” said another Buckeye fan.
“The fear of Urban Meyer being a coach is one of the things that opponents have to worry about,” admitted Larry ‘Buckeyeman’ Lokai, an Ohio State Superfan.
Buckeyeman himself didn’t quite believe what he saw this morning when he rolled out of bed.
“I read the headline and I go, we’ve been talking about that for about six weeks now. I kind of dismissed it without reading anything…and then you (2 NEWS) called!” said Buckeyeman.
Speculation ran wild this season as Meyer was suspended in the early going, but was adamant at times that he would be back in 2019.
“There are five (OSU) coaches since the early 50’s that all got fired. Urban is the first coach out of six that actually retired. That is kind of a positive,” said Buckeyeman.
Meyer struggled with severe headaches all season due to a cyst near his brain.
“Did he change his mind for another reason? Did his wife step in and say you need to give this up? He said he would be coaching next season. Does that mean he will move on to who knows where?” asked Miami Valley resident, Jim Richards.
Offensive coordinator, Ryan Day will replace Meyer when the season comes to an end.
“I like the guy that is replacing him. He did a good job. He’s got to beat Michigan..that’s the thing, right?” said David Jenkins of Huber Heights.