GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Rumors are swirling about the future of Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer following a telling report that surfaced on Friday morning.Meyer, who’s dealt with quite a bit during the 2018 college football season, has reportedly told Ohio State’s athletic department that the 2019 season will be his final one in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes are reportedly planning on keeping offensive coordinator Ryan Day as his potential replacement.Football Scoop reported the news on Friday morning.With that said, sources tell FootballScoop Ohio State is taking Ryan Day off the job market, with a significant raise coming and with the (most likely) unwritten understanding that he is in line to become head coach once Urban steps down. What’s that you say? Urban stepping down? So about that…While Urban has stated repeatedly publicly that he plans to coach next year, sources tell FootballScoop that the Ohio State head coach continues to contemplate his future on an ongoing basis, and we hear he has told Gene Smith that he doesn’t expect to continue to coach past the 2019 season. One source told us we should expect Urban to address this in the days following Saturday’s Big Ten Championship.Meyer was asked about this report on Friday ahead of the Big Ten Championship Game.“No comment,” he said.Ohio State’s athletic director, meanwhile, denied the news.“Have seen [the report] and been asked, no truth to it,” Ohio State athletic director Smith wrote in a text message to ESPN’s Heather Dinich. “Urban and I have not talked about that.”OK then.Meyer and Ohio State are set to play in the Big Ten Championship Game this evening. The Buckeyes and the Northwestern Wildcats are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. The game will be on FOX.
“Perhaps because of the violence engulfing so many other countries – relatively little attention is being paid to the situation in Yemen,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. “The past few weeks have seen dozens of people killed in a succession of bomb attacks in Yemen. Such wanton acts of indiscriminate violence are utterly deplorable.”Despite the formation of a new Government on 7 November aimed at ending a period of political turbulence and bringing about a full transition towards democracy, Yemen continues to be plagued by violence.Several bomb attacks in the last three weeks have killed a total of 86 people, with the most recent, a car bomb detonated outside a police college in the capital, Sana’a, the most deadly, killing 37 people.“What does anyone gain by slaughtering civilians – especially children – in this way?” Zeid said. “I urge all parties in Yemen to renounce the use of violence to avoid further loss of innocent lives and take concrete steps towards the immediate and effective implementation of the peace and partnership agreement.” Mr. Zeid also urged Yemeni security forces to ensure they used proportionate force when responding to incidents, amid reports of security personnel causing civilian deaths including one incident in December where live ammunition was fired to break up demonstrations.“Notwithstanding the difficult situation they face, it is essential that Government security personnel halt the use of excessive force, resulting in civilian deaths,” Mr. Zeid said. “Violations of international human rights law by all sides must be promptly, independently and effectively investigated to bring perpetrators to justice and ensure that victims’ right to justice and remedy is upheld.”