QB Baldwin signals intent to transfer from Ohio State
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Matthew Baldwin, the Ohio State quarterback who was expected to back up the highly touted Justin Fields this fall, said he intends to transfer.
Ohio State is ready to unveil new quarterback Justin Fields at the Buckeyes' spring game.
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Former Ohio State coach Meyer joining Fox’s studio team
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Urban Meyer did not rule out a return to television after announcing his retirement as Ohio State's coach. On Monday, that move officially happened.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State has a new head coach, a reconstituted offensive line and a transfer quarterback who has never started a college football game. But that doesn't mean expectations...
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah coach Kyle Whittingham signed a contract extension Monday that could keep him with the Utes through the 2023 season.
Michigan lands Big Ten’s top class for first time since 2007
Michigan finished the football recruiting cycle with the top class in the Big Ten, and four other conference programs were ranked in the top 25 in the nation Wednesday.
Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh added one player on the second letter-of-intent signing day to a 26-man class that was No. 1 in the Big Ten and No. 8 nationally, according to the 247Sports.com composite rankings. It was Michigan's first top ranking in the Big Ten since 2007.
Day adds 2nd Michigan coach to Ohio State staff
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — New Ohio State coach Ryan Day has hired a second assistant away from rival Michigan.
The university said Tuesday that Day hired Michigan linebackers coach Al Washington for the same position on the Ohio State staff. The move comes a day after Michigan defensive line coach Greg Mattison was added to the staff as co-defensive coordinator.
Day will part ways with Bill Davis, who was the linebackers coach under Urban Meyer last season.
Top Michigan assistant leaving to coach at Ohio State
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A top Michigan assistant is leaving to be co-defensive coordinator at Ohio State.
Ohio State announced Monday that Greg Mattison, who spent the past four years as defensive line coach under Jim Harbaugh, will join the staff of new Buckeyes coach Ryan Day.
A second defensive coordinator, Jeff Hafley, also was hired Monday. That means Greg Schiano, who was Urban Meyer's defensive coordinator for three seasons, is out of a job.
QB Fields confirms transfer to Ohio State from Georgia
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Quarterback Justin Fields confirmed Friday night he is transferring to Ohio State following one season as Georgia's backup.
Fields' much-anticipated announcement gives new Ohio State coach Ryan Day a sublimely talented dual-threat passer to run his offense if Dwayne Haskins Jr. makes an expected jump to the NFL.
Investigation that benched Meyer cost Ohio State $1 million
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The investigation that led to a three-game suspension of Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer cost the university $1 million, twice the amount originally requested for it, the school said Thursday.
The original $500,000 amount "was preliminary and did not represent the total anticipated cost," spokesman Benjamin Johnson said Thursday. He said the school had no further comment about the bill.
Ohio State hires Oklahoma St assistant Yurcich as QB coach
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich has been hired as quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator by Ohio State coach Ryan Day.
Ohio State made the announcement on Wednesday night after Day officially took over head coaching duties from the retiring Urban Meyer.
Yurcich, a native of suburban Cleveland, has two decades experience coaching at the college level, the last six years as offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State.
Ohio State tops Washington 28-23 in Meyer’s Rose Bowl finale
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Urban Meyer says he decided to end his remarkable coaching career at Ohio State partly because of the stress inherent in this high-intensity job.
After his Buckeyes blew most of a 25-point lead in the fourth quarter and had to recover a last-minute onside kick to win the Rose Bowl, anybody could understand why this 54-year-old coach can't wait to retire.
Buckeyes, Huskies face off in 105th edition of Rose Bowl
Rose Bowl: Ohio State (12-1) vs. Washington (10-3), Jan. 1, 5 p.m. Eastern (ESPN)
Line: Ohio State by 6 ½.
Series record: Ohio State leads 8-3.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
Ohio State's Urban Meyer is ending his coaching career in the 105th edition of the Granddaddy of Them All. The three-time national champion coach leads another powerhouse Buckeyes squad against the Pac-12 champion Huskies, who are in the Rose Bowl for the first time in 18 years.
Urban Meyer ends career in Rose Bowl vs Petersen’s Huskies
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Urban Meyer sees the Rose Bowl nestled in verdant Arroyo Seco on a sunny winter day and thinks back to the formative days of his coaching career.
When he was a 20-something wide receivers coach for Colorado State back in the 1990s, Meyer interrupted a recruiting trip to the Los Angeles area to visit the iconic college football stadium. He tried to sneak inside to get a look at the turf, but was asked to leave by a security guard.
Ohio St’s Day still learning from Meyer before Rose Bowl
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ryan Day is definitely not the first assistant coach to spend his collegiate career filling up a notebook with plans, diagrams and all sorts of other information that will come in handy if he ever gets his chance to be a head coach.
Unlike most of those aspiring sideline stars, Ohio State's head-coach-in-waiting knows exactly when he'll get to employ all of that collected wisdom.
Ohio State’s Haskins, Washington’s Browning offer contrasts
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The Rose Bowl will be final collegiate start for Washington's Jake Browning. Whether or not it will be for Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins remains a mystery.
Haskins' future has been as much a topic of conversation as Urban Meyer's final game as the Buckeyes' coach. The redshirt sophomore finished third in Heisman Trophy voting after leading the nation with 4,580 passing yards and 47 touchdowns while directing the Buckeyes (12-1) to a Big Ten title.
Ohio State, Washington welcome a more traditional Rose Bowl
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — It will be a Rose Bowl of firsts when No. 5 Ohio State faces No. 9 Washington.
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Buckeyes’ Meyer to teach, be assistant AD after he retires
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer will teach a class in the university's business school and become an assistant athletic director after he retires following the Rose Bowl.
Meyer will co-teach "Leadership and Character" during the spring semester and be available to up to 198 students. Meyer's teaching partner will be Army Lt. Col. Charles Buchanan, a senior lecturer at the business school who spent 15 years serving tours in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo.
Ohio State gets first big W for new coach on signing day
Zach Harrison is one of the most highly touted recruits in the country, and he goes to high school 15 miles from Ohio State.
Yet not until Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period, did the 6-foot-6, 245-pound defensive end commit to the Buckeyes, giving incoming coach Ryan Day his first victory as Urban Meyer's replacement.
"Huge," Day said. "This was one of those ones we had to win."
Ohio State players: Urban Meyer won’t let go until the end
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Retiring Ohio State coach Urban Meyer isn't easing out of the job just yet, not as long as there's one more game to win.
Buckeyes players said this week that Meyer has been at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for every practice and is fully engaged in preparations for the Rose Bowl. As usual, he's still sweating the small stuff. That kind of intensity made him one of the greatest college coaches of all time, but it also hastened his exit from the game.
Column: Meyer will not coach in college again. Believe it
After leading Utah to an unbeaten season in 2004, Urban Meyer had a choice to make. He could become the coach at Notre Dame — a dream job, he once called it — or at Florida.
Meyer picked Florida because the Gators were better positioned to win national championships. He won two with the Gators.
Ryan Day paid coaching dues before getting Ohio State job
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — When Urban Meyer started thinking about retiring, he realized he already had the ideal successor right there in the building in quarterbacks coach Ryan Day. So Ohio State bumped up Day's salary to $1 million per year after last season and promoted him to co-offensive coordinator to keep him around while Meyer pondered his future.
Column: For Urban Meyer, a good time to say goodbye
Urban Meyer stood before Ohio State boosters seven years ago with one goal in mind as he returned to the state he grew up in and the university where he got his first job.
"Our objective is simple: to make the state of Ohio proud," Meyer said.
As Meyer walks away from coaching — perhaps for good — the final report card on that is mixed, at best.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to retire after Rose Bowl
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — As Urban Meyer walked off the field after Ohio State routed Michigan, he was pondering his future and when to make a decision about when to call it quits.
The 54-year-old Meyer, in fact, had been thinking about retiring since the middle of last season.
Urban Meyer stepping away from OSU
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to retire
The Latest: Jags teammates salute Meyer, their former coach
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on Ohio State coach Urban Meyer's retirement: (all times Eastern):
As former Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde gushed about coach Urban Meyer in the Jacksonville Jaguars locker room, former Florida defensive end Lerentee McCray walked by and shouted "Urban Legend! Urban Legend!"
Both players felt the same about their former and soon-to-be retired coach.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer at a glance
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is stepping down after the Buckeyes play Washington in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. A look at his career:
CAREER RECORD: 186-32 (overall); 17-6 (Bowling Green); 22-2 (Utah); 65-15 (Florida); 82-9 (Ohio State)
TITLES: 3 national championships (two at Florida, one at Ohio State). One of only three coaches to win national titles at two schools.
Ohio St beats Wildcats for Big Ten crown, hopes it’s enough
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Dwayne Haskins and Urban Meyer reveled in the victory celebration Saturday night.
Now the College Football Playoff selection committee gets to decide whether the Big Ten champions will continue dancing through the next six weeks.
No. 6 Ohio St. ignores sideshows as Big Ten title game looms
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Urban Meyer arrived in Indianapolis on Friday with one goal — heading home with another Big Ten championship trophy.
He treated everything else as a sideshow.
Meyer ignored speculation about his coaching future and deflected talk about what No. 6 Ohio State would need to earn a spot in the college football playoff. Instead, Meyer stuck to the same message he's relayed to his team all week: Just focus on football.
Bowling Green hires Boston College OC Loeffler as head coach
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — Bowling Green hired Boston College offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler as its new head coach Wednesday, tapping the Ohio native and longtime quarterback coach to restore the lagging Mid-American Conference program.
Rules changes, young stars put NFL at top of ratings game
Michigan exited the national championship picture with an embarrassing thud, but coach Jim Harbaugh isn't going anywhere.
AP college football writer Ralph Russo tells PodcastOne Sports Now that Harbaugh's job is safe, despite the rout at Ohio State. But Russo wonders how he'll close the gap on Buckeye coach Urban Meyer, who has out-recruited, out-schemed and outmaneuvered his archrival in all four of their meetings thus far.
Haskins steps forward as a leader as Buckeyes hit stride
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Dwayne Haskins Jr. has been throwing touchdown passes and impressing NFL scouts all season, but Ohio State coach Urban Meyer thinks his quarterback became a fully legitimate leader once he showed he was willing to run the ball.
Big Ten championship has huge implications for Ohio State
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Urban Meyer contends that nobody around Ohio State will be talking about the College Football Playoff this week, even though the Buckeyes inserted themselves back into the national championship conversation with a blowout of Michigan.
Ohio State won the Big Ten East on Saturday with the 62-39 rout over the Wolverines and has a chance for a second consecutive Big Ten title if it can beat No. 21 Northwestern in the conference championship Saturday.
Buckeye blitz: No. 10 Ohio State blows out No. 4 Michigan
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — This season for Ohio State has been anything but normal, beginning with its celebrated coach suspended for three games.
There have been spotty performances and troubling trends on both sides of the ball. There has been constant speculation and questions about Urban Meyer's health and future.
After all that, it was business as usual against Michigan, and now the Buckeyes are right where they always expected to be.
Is Urban Meyer still having fun coaching Ohio State?
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Urban Meyer doesn't seem to be having much fun these days.
The Ohio State coach is not demonstrably mirthful, of course, at least not when it comes to his job.
"It's not like me to be the Joe Positive guy," he acknowledged the other day. "I'm usually the opposite."
AP Top 25 Takeaways: Can Urban Meyer endure at Ohio State?
As nerve-wracking as it must have been for Ohio State fans to watch the wild, back-and-forth overtime victory against Maryland , it has become just as uncomfortable to watch coach Urban Meyer endure his team's games.
Meyer, No. 9 Ohio State seeking consistency vs Maryland
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer hates having to defend the performance of his ninth-ranked Buckeyes, who still have a shot at winning the Big Ten and the national championship heading into Saturday's game at Maryland.
Meyer bristles at those who claim this team has underachieved. Yet, he understands that this is what happens when greatness is the norm.
Win over Michigan St a step forward for Buckeyes’ defense
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The ball was loose in the end zone only briefly before Dre'Mont Jones recovered it, giving Ohio State a touchdown that turned the game in the Buckeyes' favor for good.
No. 8 Buckeyes face another test from No. 24 Michigan State
If all goes according to form, Ohio State would face Michigan on the last Saturday of the month, with a division title in the balance.
Before that, though, the Buckeyes have other challenges.
No. 8 Ohio State rallies to beat Nebraska 36-31
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — With five minutes left in the game and Ohio State clinging to a six-point lead, J.K. Dobbins burst through a hole between center and right guard and rumbled untouched 42 yards for a touchdown and some breathing room.
Nebraska’s confidence high for No. 8 Ohio State
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The bye week has been quite unpleasant for Ohio State.
After a collapse against unranked Purdue on Oct. 20 that further exposed weaknesses in the defense and running game, the Buckeyes spent the off week stewing in the loss and trying to fix the problems enough to still try make a run at the playoffs.
Ohio State coach Meyer dealing with ‘aggressive’ headaches
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer re-iterated lingering health issues have been causing him occasional severe headaches this season, but says he intends to remain with the Buckeyes "as long as I can."
Coach Urban Meyer says he’ll be back at Ohio State next year
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer addressed speculation that he could step down at the end of the season, saying Monday he felt fine and definitely would be back next year.
Meyer, who was suspended for three games to start the season and has been slowed by headaches caused by a cyst, has been the subject of talk around the college football world that he may retire after the season.
AP Top 25 Podcast: Hot-seat season’s here; Who’s in trouble?
The back half of the college football season means playoff races and coaching changes.
On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast , Dan Wolken of USA Today joins AP's Ralph Russo to discuss which coaches could be in trouble and why the potential is there for a slow silly season. Finances might determine who gets fired over the next month in an half as much as record.
Fired Ohio St assistant Smith pleads guilty to lesser charge
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fired Ohio State assistant football coach Zach Smith has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct and an Ohio court issued a three-year protective order that keeps him away from his ex-wife.
Smith had been facing a criminal trespass charge stemming from a May dispute. According to Delaware Municipal Court documents, he pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor disorderly conduct and was fined $150.
Ohio State using bye week to fix some glaring problems
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A month ago, quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. was breaking school records and Ohio State was threatening to run the table and cruise into the College Football Playoff.
During Saturday's rout by unranked Purdue, however, problems that have nagged the No. 11 Buckeyes for weeks came home to roost: Their running backs couldn't break free, they couldn't score touchdowns in the red zone and the defense at times seemed to be on vacation.
Ohio State loses receiver Austin Mack to foot injury
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State receiver Austin Mack is out indefinitely following foot surgery.
Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer confirmed Tuesday that Mack would be sidelined after injuring his foot Saturday in a loss to Purdue.
Meyer called it "a big loss" and said Mack could be back in time for a bowl game.
No. 2 Buckeyes still seeking improvement on trip to Purdue
Jeff Brohm sees all sorts of challenges in No. 2 Ohio State.
Purdue's coach knows the Buckeyes are big and strong, capable of scoring dozens of points and of making life miserable for opponents.
Urban Meyer views his team quite differently. No, he won't quibble with the impressive wins or the undefeated record but he knows Ohio State still needs to improve.