Ohio State AD denies report Urban Meyer plans to leave after 2019 season

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, right, and offensive coordinator Ryan Day watch from the sidelines against Tulane during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith is denying a report that stated head football head coach Urban Meyer would be leaving after the 2019 season.

The report, posted by Football Scoop, cites sources telling them that Meyer has informed the university he doesn’t plan to coach past next season and he would address this after the Big Ten Championship.

The report additionally said that offensive coordinator Ryan Day would be receiving a raise and take over as head coach once Meyer stepped down.

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Gene Smith told 10TV's Dom Tiberi that no deal has been worked out concerning Meyer leaving and Day taking over, saying the report is not accurate. He added Meyer “is our coach.”

Day served as the interim head coach for the Buckeyes for the first three games of the 2018 season while Meyer served a suspension as a result of the investigation into his knowledge and handling of abuse allegations against former assistant coach Zach Smith.

During the season, Meyer said he was dealing with headaches related to arachnoid cyst in his brain that he has been dealing with for years but added he intends to remain with the Buckeyes "as long as I can."

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