COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Students at The Ohio State University learned the news of Urban Meyer’s plans to retire early Tuesday morning, hours before the scheduled press conference.
“That’s really upsetting, actually. I’m really sad to see him go,” senior Michelle McKenzie said.
Freshman Nathan Gorbach said he had been to games as a student and before he came to Ohio State.
“It’s just surreal being in the stadium and seeing Urban on the sidelines,” Gorbach said. “I’ll miss him forever.”
Across the board, students told NBC4 they were sad to hear of Meyer’s retirement, but not entirely surprised.
Paige Finscally, a freshman, said she knew Meyer had health issues, a fact other students also mentioned.
“It’s hard on him, so it can’t be an easy choice but I respect it,” Finscally said.
Some students reflected on Meyer’s legacy at Ohio State.
“Tremendous,” sophomore Zach Schiefer said. “He’s turned our school into a football super house again. It’s really hard to beat Ohio State now.
Many welcomed the news that Ryan Day would be named the new head
“I love his offense, the way he runs it,” said junior Alex Karian. “I think Dwayne [Haskins] is gonna go to the NFL, so we’ll see what [Day] does with Tate Martell.”
One freshman said he hoped Day could be as successful at recruiting as Meyer has been.
“If we can keep that going with Ryan Day, I think Ohio State can still be a huge powerhouse team,” Justin Bobby said, adding, “in fact, be more respected. College Football Playoff maybe? Hopefully?”
Several students said they hoped the Buckeyes would win the Rose Bowl on January 1. It will be Meyer’s last game before Day takes over as head coach January 2.