Urban Meyer stood before Ohio State boosters seven years ago with one goal in mind as he returned to the state he grew up in and the university where he got his first job.
"I didn't know much about him at first, but he was really open with me and my family and was up front about the program and what we would be getting into", Wilson said earlier this season.
According to various reports, Meyer hoped to make the transition to a new coach as seamless as possible.
Meyer, 54, has won three national titles - two at Florida and one at Ohio State.
Bitter rival MI finished second four times to Ohio State during that stretch. Not only was it the Big Ten's best class that year, it also ranked fourth nationally.
"I don't see him coaching again".
It is probably unfair to expect anyone, including Meyer himself, to duplicate what he did in his seven seasons at Ohio State.
Now, Michigan football has the best coach in the Big Ten or at the very least, the most high-profile one.
Buckeyes assistant Ryan Day -who was the interim coach during Meyer's three-game suspension at the start of the season - will take over the program. Overall, Meyer went 65-15 overall at Florida and 36-12 in SEC play. But both the coach and his university were criticized earlier this year for their response to domestic abuse allegations against longtime assistant Zach Smith by his ex-wife, Courtney Smith. He was a quarterback (for Chip Kelly) at New Hampshire and coached at his alma mater, Boston College, Florida (as a graduate assistant for Meyer), Temple, the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers before coming to Ohio State in 2017. He coached for two years at Bowling Green and two years at Utah before joining Florida in 2005. Meyer will start feeling better, and then he'll get bored, fast; he's not the kind of retired coach fans will get accustomed to seeing out for a grocery run or at the local vehicle wash.
He first retired from Florida in 2009 only to change his mind before the Sugar Bowl and made a decision to remain with the program on a lighter off-field schedule after a short leave of absence. Interestingly, Meyer's streak of Big Ten team recruiting titles with the Buckeyes will likely to come to an end with this 2019 class. Ohio State's 2019 class now sits fourth in the team rankings, with MI and Penn State holding substantial leads over the Buckeyes.
Meyer's salary is $7.6 million in 2018 and he has about $38 million left on his contract.