"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.
Michael Thomas, a receiver who plays for the New Orleans Saints, tweeted that he sheds a tear when thinking about the impact Meyer had on his life and others.
He heads into the game with an 82-9 record during his Ohio State tenure, including a ideal record over archrival MI.
Meyer cited health issues after that SEC title game loss to Saban, but eventually chose to stay for another year, his worst in major college coaching as the Gators went 8-5 overall, 4-4 in the SEC.
In October, the 54-year-old, who suffers from headaches caused by a cyst in his brain, opened up about his health problems.
The announcement is expected to come from Meyer at a news conference scheduled for 2 p.m. His successor will be the current Ohio State offensive coordinator Ryan Day. He has three national championships on his resume - one at Ohio State in 2014 and two at Florida in 2006 and 2008 - to go along with two undefeated seasons (2004 at Utah, 2012 at Ohio State).
First, if Meyer does come back, it's going to have to be a ideal fit with the potential for him to turn it into a national title contender. Several Ohio State staff members told ESPN after the game that they noticed a positive change in Meyer the past two weeks.
If this is Meyer's final coaching job, how his career will be remembered will be determined through the prism in which it is viewed.
In his 17 seasons as a head coach, Meyer compiled a 186-32 record. Spence would be suspended for the Buckeyes' bowl game that year, however, after failing a drug test. The team was 3-0 under him to start the 2018 season.
Should Ohio State have done a national search? Meyer has been the Buckeye's head coach for the past seven seasons. Defensive line coach Larry Johnson was Young's primary contact in Columbus, but Meyer was involved heavily with that recruitment every step of the way.
Meyer's contract is one of the best in college football. Will he be looking for a path back to the National Football League as a defensive coordinator, with Meyer gone? He's a second-year Ohio State assistant who had never before been a head coach.
"I am truly honored to be here today and am so appreciative to President Drake and Gene Smith for the faith they have in me to lead this team", Day said.
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