Urban Meyer confirms intention to coach Ohio State in 2019

In response to questions about his future at a news conference Monday, Urban Meyer said he expects to still be at Ohio State for the 2019 season.

"I plan on coaching," Meyer told reporters.

When asked if he could say for certain that he would be back with the Buckeyes next season, he replied: "Yes."

Meyer was suspended for the first three games of this season after mishandling allegations of domestic assault against former assistant coach Zach Smith. The university commissioned an independent investigation into the allegations against Smith and the response of Meyer and his staff, and the results of that inquiry led critics to call for the 54-year-old head coach to be fired.

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Since Meyer's return, he has helped guide Ohio State to a 7-1 record, with its lone loss coming at Purdue on Oct. 20. The Buckeyes had an open date last week.

Meyer disputed a report about "friction" between he and athletic director Gene Smith last week. On Monday, he took issue with the idea that he appeared "anguished" on the sidelines during the Purdue game, a characterization that has been floated by ESPN broadcaster Kirk Herbstreit.

"We're not playing well. I'm one of those guys where I want to help fix the issue, like all coaches do," Meyer told reporters. "I'm not sure what 'anguished' means – like 'pissed? Or upset? When you see some of the things that we're doing that are really uncharacteristic of our teams. So that might be what it looks like."

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