Urban Meyer tried to quell the rumors about him retiring for as long as he possibly could. But it seems the  secret everyone knew about has finally come out. 

Meyer's time as Ohio State's head coach has come to an end. 

In a surprise announcement, more so given the timing and less the announcement, Meyer is formally retiring as OSU's head coach after the Rose Bowl. 

Ryan Day, Ohio State's offensive coordinator, will be named the Buckeyes next head coach. A formal news conference will be held at 2 pm EST today to make the announcement. 

Meyer's last season at Ohio State has been shrouded in controversy, starting with him  being suspended for three games for mishandling domestic violence allegations, which were proven true, against former assistant coach Zach Smith. 

His health issues, which caused him to walk away from coaching after a successful run at Florida, surfaced again following the discovery of a cyst on his brain and he seemed to be noticeably battling something at moments on the field. 

That, at least in part, ultimately led to Meyer deciding it was time to focus on things outside of coaching. 

Meyer led Ohio State to an 85-9 record so far in his time with the Buckeyes, including one national championship in 2014. He also won two national titles with Florida in 2006 and 2008. 

Ohio State plays Washington in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.