It has been a long year for Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. After being suspended the first three games of the 2018 season for the way he mishandled domestic violence allegations against a former assistant, things haven’t gotten much better.

Now, he has been battling health issues that date back to his Florida days and it appears the end of his coaching career may be coming quickly.

Per, Meyer has told AD Gene Smith that he doesn’t plan to coach beyond 2019, though he does plan to be on the sidelines next fall:

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.

Based on that, it seems that 2019 isn’t a guarantee just yet, though it does sound like he’s leaning toward returning.

First things first, though — Meyer and the Buckeyes have to get through Saturday’s Big Ten Championship Game.