Urban Meyer announced his retirement from Ohio State’s football program on Tuesday morning, citing his health as the No. 1 reason for his departure.
The three-time national title-winning head coach has been battling a brain cyst in recent years. The cyst has caused several painful headaches that have, at times, shown up during games.
Eleven Warriors caught up with Ohio State’s athletic director, Gene Smith, who revealed the extent of Meyer’s issues. It certainly sounds painful.
From the report:
On Oct. 12, the Friday before Ohio State’s game against Minnesota, Smith held a six-person meeting that included director of football sports performance Mickey Marotti, director of player development Ryan Stamper, general manager Brian Voltolini, executive associate athletics director Diana Sabau and Meyer.
During the meeting, Smith helped to design out a plan that curtailed Meyer’s headaches and minimized their effects during games. After speaking to doctors, Smith realized Meyer needed to keep his headset on as much as possible.
“Because it keeps the noise out,” Smith said. “The noise is a stimulant for the headache. So, I had the doctors there. What’s the stimuli that causes headaches? The intensity.”
Smith also revealed that he told Meyer he would be forced to take him out of a game if he collapsed on the sideline again.
Meyer has said that he doesn’t believe he’ll coach again, but at only 54 years of age, it’s impossible to really know.
For now, Meyer will coach Ohio State through the Rose Bowl contest against Washington, and then focus on getting fully healthy.
You can read Smith’s full comments on Meyer and his health here.