Ohio State adopts the Oklahoma model to replace Urban Meyer

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It's a fitting end for Meyer, who gets to check a Pasadena sunset off his coaching bucket list for the first time in his well-decorated career. He previously coached at Bowling Green and Utah. He lost star defensive end Nick Bosa to an early season-ending injury, and the Buckeyes' defense never fully recovered.

Urban Meyer says leading the Buckeyes in the Rose Bowl is a bucket list item for him. He led the Buckeyes to a national championship two years later. After spending some time at Florida, Meyer resigned, citing he wanted more time with his family and had recently suffered a health scare.

But perhaps most important to Ohio State fans, Meyer is a ideal 7-0 against rival MI.

USC - The Trojans retained Clay Helton after a 5-7 season but made sweeping changes to his staff with an effort of radically different results next year.

Ohio State's national championship after the 2014 season put Meyer in elite company. OSU has won outright or shared seven division titles, three Big Ten championships and one national championship.

Day clearly has huge shoes to fill, following Meyer's incredible job at the helm of the Buckeyes. Meyer came under fire for his response - or lack thereof - in regards to allegations of domestic abuse against one of his assistant coaches.

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Operating under the belief that Meyer will return to coaching in the next two years, these are some of the colleges that could potentially be fits for Meyer to get back in the game.

These past few months, like the coach's career in total, have been successful yet complicated.

Outside of Alabama and Clemson, no other program has a better winning percentage than Ohio State since 2013.

Day's contract is set to pay him $4.5 million per year for five years. But when he resigned from the job, he left part of that money behind.

No conference is as desperate for a good showing this bowl season as the Pac-12, which doesn't have another team in a New Year's Six bowl and went just 1-8 in bowls last season. He reportedly resides in OH with his wife in a massive 12,000-square-foot mansion.

New North Carolina coach Mack Brown, who spoke with Meyer this morning, told CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd that Meyer's health was a primary concern. Meyer had brain surgery to drain the cyst in the spring of 2014, and another surgery is an option for treatment. It's suspected that this is a major reason for his retirement.

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