The college football playoff matchups are set.
Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma represent the four teams with a shot to win the national championship.
But one coach upstaged the playoff reveal by announcing his shocking retirement.
There wasn’t a ton of drama in the unveiling of the NCAA football playoff seeding.
Notre Dame, Clemson, and defending-champion Alabama all finished the regular season undefeated.
The only question was the fourth slot, which came down to Oklahoma, Georgia, and Ohio State.
Despite two losses and no conference title, Georgia finished fifth in the ranked, one spot ahead of Ohio State.
The Buckeyes’ bad 29-point loss at Purdue dashed their hopes of competing for a championship.
But the surprise retirement of head coach Urban Meyer perhaps destroyed their hopes of competing for future championships.
Rumors swirled that Meyer would step away after the 2019 season, but he chose to do so after the team plays in the Rose Bowl against Washington.
The season got off to a terrifying start for both Meyer and all of Ohio State fans.
Meyer was suspended the first three games of the season for covering up a domestic violence incident.
Assistant coach Zach Smith battered his wife, and according to Smith’s wife and various text messages, Meyer knew about it.
There was significant pressure to let Meyer go for action (or inaction), which was a lack of oversight at best, and gross misconduct at worst.
Also, around the time of the imbroglio, another scandal was swirling in the Buckeye state.
So there was a strong push to cast Meyer out, especially considering former Buckeye head coach Jim Tressel got fired for covering up a player getting a free tattoo.
Tressel, who like Meyer won a national championship, was beloved by the fanbase but got the boot nonetheless.
However, Meyer survived the guillotine.
He got slapped with a three-game suspension that rankled many who thought he deserved termination.
This also wasn’t the first time Meyer was knee-deep in disciplinary (or lack thereof) scandal.
As head coach of the Florida Gators, Meyer won the first two of his three national championships.
But he also oversaw a program mired in lawlessness.
The Gators led the nation in player arrests during his tenure.
And some of those players went on to have run-ins with the law after their time at Florida.
The most high-profile was Aaron Hernandez, who committed suicide in prison after being convicted of murder.
Meyer is only 54-years-old.
Many believe he wants to coach again.
But the trouble he left behind at two programs suggests his future is murky.
Meyer sat out one year in between Florida and Ohio State.
If Meyer wants another shot, he might have to collect paychecks as a TV analyst for a couple seasons before an athletic director works up enough courage to hire him.
Wherever he goes, fans can expect a lot of wins, and a lot of chaos.