Assistant AD post among changes for Meyer

Bill Rabinowitz
Urban Meyer will become an assistant athletic director at Ohio State when he steps down as head football coach on Jan. 2, but his duties in that position have not been revealed. [Adam Cairns/Dispatch file photo]

Urban Meyer has a new grandson and a new title.

The retiring Ohio State football coach’s daughter Nicki and son-in-law Corey Dennis had their second son when Urban Gray Dennis was born early Friday morning. He will go by his middle name, Meyer’s wife, Shelley, said.

Dennis is a senior quality control coach for the Buckeyes, working with the quarterbacks.

As for Meyer’s new job title of assistant athletic director, what that entails is more nebulous. Athletic director Gene Smith declined to specify what Meyer’s duties will be when he steps down as coach on Jan. 2 following the Buckeyes’ Rose Bowl game against Washington on Jan. 1. Offensive coordinator Ryan Day will succeed him.

Smith said a job description for Meyer’s new duties will be posted in January.

Meyer said in an interview with WBNS-TV that he will teach a class at the Fisher College of Business with Charles Buchanan on character and leadership. Smith has spoken about Meyer having a mentoring role for Ohio State assistant coaches in other sports as they work toward becoming head coaches.

Meyer also will be around the football program. What he won’t be involved in is the formation of Day’s coaching staff. Day has been vague when asked about which coaches he intends to retain.

“That’s 100 percent his decision,” Smith said Dec. 4 following the news conference about Meyer’s retirement and Day’s promotion. “I’ve talked to Urban about that — 100 percent, you stay away.”

Meyer will be the third person associated with the football program with an assistant AD title. Ryan Stamper is assistant AD for player development. Mark Pantoni is assistant AD for player personnel.

Meyer, 54, has an 82-9 record in seven seasons as Ohio State coach. The Buckeyes won the 2014 College Football Playoff and three Big Ten titles, including back-to-back championships the last two years.