WATCH: Urban Meyer makes one last speech, passes the whistle to Ryan Day after Rose Bowl

Posted at 10:49 AM, Jan 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-02 10:51:56-05

CLEVELAND — Following Ohio State's victory against Washington in the 2019 Rose Bowl, Urban Meyer addressed the team in the locker room one last time before handing over the reigns to Ryan Day.

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"When I needed you most, you gave your very best. You gave it at home against the team up north, the second one in Indianapolis, Big Ten champs with a big ring, and on that ring you're going to have a beautiful rose and you are the Rose Bowl champions," Meyer said to a celebratory team.

In a touching moment, Meyer took off the whistle from his neck and handed it to Day, who is now the 25th head coach in the program's history.

"We wouldn't be standing here today if everybody in this room didn't step up. We wouldn't be here today if the culture that Urban Meyer built here wasn't the way it was," Day said.