YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) - YSU President Jim Tressel said Tuesday night he was not surprised by the announcement of Urban Meyer's retirement from Ohio State.
"This was a very difficult year and when you take all the various things in consideration with his health situation and so forth... it's just a hard job to be the head coach at Ohio State," Tressel said.
Although he has not yet talked with Meyer, Tressel said he hopes to have that chance someday. He said being the head coach at OSU puts you in a select family.
"I haven't had a chance to tell him what a great job he did. He took it to the next level. So proud of what he did, especially in those games against the Wolverines. Hopefully, he and Shelley will enjoy some time. He's earned it, he deserves it and I'm sure the next chapter of his life will be an exciting one. I can tell you from personal experience, life goes on and you can go on and do some great things," he said.
Tressel was the head coach of the Buckeyes from 2001 to 2010, owning a 9-1 record against Michigan. Meyer capped off his Ohio State career with a perfect 7-0 record against the Wolverines.
"You know, there comes that point in time that sometimes you have to have the courage to step away," he said. "I think Urban obviously had the courage to step away and do what was best for he and his family."
On OSU's new coach Ryan Day, Tressel said he did a good job early in the year and that Meyer wouldn't have had him on his staff if he wasn't a good coach.