Meyer characterised the results of the college’s investigation as largely exonerating him, saying he was not suspended for condoning home violence however somewhat for mismanaging the Smith state of affairs. He finally apologized to Smith’s spouse, Courtney.
Meyer had resigned twice at Florida. He stepped down in late December 2009, after a quick hospitalization following a loss within the Southeastern Conference title recreation, solely to change his thoughts a day later make it a depart of absence. He resigned for good after the subsequent season, and didn’t coach for a 12 months earlier than assuming his place at Ohio State.
In mild of the scandal earlier this 12 months, many re-evaluated Meyer’s tenure at Florida, noting not solely the 2 nationwide titles and the faculty profession of star quarterback Tim Tebow, however the bevy of participant arrests and locker room points. Meyer’s tight finish in Gainesville, Aaron Hernandez, was later convicted of homicide, and had been a suspect, however by no means charged, in multiple crime whereas at Florida.
On the sector, Day may have giant footwear to fill. Brought in whereas this system was nonetheless underneath N.C.A.A. sanctions for a scandal involving gamers buying and selling signed memorabilia for tattoos, Meyer gained three Big Ten titles and had an ideal 7-Zero file towards Ohio State’s rival Michigan, together with a 62-39 shellacking final month that ended the Wolverine’s national-title hopes.
Day had been rumored to be the top coach-in-waiting, significantly after main the Buckeyes to a Three-Zero file whereas Meyer was suspended. He is an acolyte of Chip Kelly, the offensive pioneer who has coached at Oregon, with the Philadelphia Eagles and now at U.C.L.A.
Before Ohio State and Florida, Meyer was the top coach at Utah, the place he had an undefeated season, and Bowling Green. Big title gamers he has coached embrace Tebow, Alex Smith at Utah, and Ezekiel Elliott at Ohio State.
The Buckeyes are ranked No. 6 and sure for a Rose Bowl showdown with Washington. They barely missed out on the College Football Playoff, regardless of the Big Ten championship.