There was even speculation back in September that Day was being groomed in a sort of coach-in-waiting situation if or when Meyer chose to step away from coaching.
When pressed, Meyer gave a more concrete answer. He wouldn't be going back to Bowling Green or a program like Utah when he took that job in 2003 and the National Football League doesn't appear to be an interest.
That win signified everything about Meyer's seven-year run.
Meyer has a career record of 186-32 in 17 seasons, including stops at Bowling Green, Utah and Florida. Two years later he won his third national title by leading the Buckeyes in the first-ever College Football Playoffs. After spending some time at Florida, Meyer resigned, citing he wanted more time with his family and had recently suffered a health scare.
Earlier this season, Meyer addressed some of the retirement rumors and said he planned on coaching beyond this season at Ohio State. Like that team, this one is guided by a fourth-year starting quarterback in Jake Browning, who recently became the Pac-12's all-time winningest quarterback and ranks sixth in career passing yards.
Ohio State's national championship after the 2014 season put Meyer in elite company.
"A myriad of factors contributed to Meyer's decision", Thamel wrote, "but sources say foremost among them was his happiness with the state of the Ohio State program he inherited seven years ago".
Taking Meyer at his word that he is fairly certain he will never coach again means forgetting he's been down this road before only to come back. He also was reproached for what some saw as overly lax treatment of Zach Smith, the assistant coach who was accused by his ex-wife of domestic abuse. Meyer would already be ahead of Neely if he didn't miss the first three games of Ohio State's season in 2018 because of his school-issued suspension.
His time at Ohio State wasn't without controversy. Day has singed a five-year contract worth $4.5 million per year. He reportedly resides in OH with his wife in a massive 12,000-square-foot mansion.
If the Rose Bowl is Meyer's final game he's going to end his coaching career as one of the most prolific coaches in college football history. Meyer had brain surgery to drain the cyst in the spring of 2014, and another surgery is an option for treatment.