DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Although there were rumors circulating about Urban Meyer possibly stepping down after the season, the announcement still came as a surprise to many, including Dayton native and former Buckeye Keith Byars.
He caught Tuesday’s news conference at Buffalo Wild Wings in Huber Heights.
Byars says that change is a part of life and tells 2 NEWS that the Ohio State football legacy is bigger than any one coach or player.
“We’re selfish,” he says, “We want him to be there for the next ten, fifteen, twenty years and then we’d probably say, ‘do you have any more time left?’ But he knows his body better than anybody else. He’s leaving the program in good hands. Ohio State’s tradition is over 100 years old, so the next head coach, it’s an honor to have that job and so, Coach Day will have all my support. Because it’s bigger than an individual. It’s about Buckeye nation. It’s about all of us.”
Keith Byars enjoyed a long and successful career in the NFL appreciates the fact that in addition to Urban Meyer’s remarkable 82-and-9 record with Ohio State, Meyer also coached some forty players who moved on to the National Football League.