- Urban Meyer announced his plan to retire from coaching the Ohio State Buckeyes at the end of this season.
- Meyer is leaving on his own terms while citing health issues.
- As one of the winningest football coaches of all time, he’s leaving the sport with an estimated fortune of $30 million.
Buckeye football fans were left reeling on Tuesday, after a bombshell was dropped: Urban Meyer, who has served as head coach of the Ohio State University Buckeye football team since 2012, announced he’s hanging up his whistle and walking away at the end of this season from what Celebrity Net Worth reports is a $7.6 million annual salary.
Meyer coached the No. 6 ranked Buckeyes to a 12-1 record this season, and the team clinched the Big Ten conference title. Much to the disappointment of fans, the team was not selected as one of the final four of the College Football Playoff; thus, they were denied a chance to compete for the national championship.
Take a look at the legendary football coach’s career and how he’s made millions.
Birthdate: July 10, 1964
Net worth: $30 million
Main sources of income: NCAA football coaching
Career highlights: Three national championship titles; 186-32 career coaching record; 11-3 bowl game record
Urban Meyer Net Worth: $30M
The 54-year-old Ohio native is rumored to be sitting on a $30 million fortune, according to Celebrity Net Worth. During the course of his 17-season career, he’s banked lucrative paychecks and deals into the millions.
Sports analysts are questioning the legitimacy and intentions of Meyer’s retirement when looking at previous retirement announcements. Before he was the pride and joy of Ohio State — his current career record with the Buckeyes is 82-9 — he was the head coach of the University of Florida Gators, University of Utah Utes and Bowling Green State University Falcons.
Meyer’s leave of absence from the University of Florida happened under familiar circumstances. At the time when he was coaching at Florida, Meyer said his retirement was motivated by health issues and his desire to spend time with his family, but undertones of nefarious scandal plagued the program. In the end, he ended up no longer retired and coaching once again.
Urban Meyer Controversy
The current season kicked off under a cloud of controversy for Meyer. He was suspended for the season’s first three games due to a scandal that involved domestic abuse allegations against a former member of the Buckeyes’ football coaching staff and Meyer’s failure to report his knowledge of the allegations to university authorities. Although Meyer wasn’t at the center of the headlines, a media gaffe made by the coach in which he denied knowledge of the matter was perceived as tantamount to a program-wide cover-up.
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Coupled with the controversy, reports about Meyer’s questionable health due to a cyst were brought up this season and appear to be part of the reason he is retiring.
His last game with Ohio State will be the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day.
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