Todd Announces OSU Retirement

BSB confirmed reports earlier this afternoon that 23rd-year Ohio State baseball head coach Bob Todd is retiring from the program, and the university later made an announcement via a press release.

Buckeye Sports Bulletin received confirmation this afternoon on reports that 23rd-year baseball head coach Bob Todd will retire at the end of the 2010 season.

A formal announcement from Ohio State came this evening, and Todd is expected to be available to the media tomorrow. He and athletics director Gene Smith released quotes in the press release.

"I think I'm ready," Todd said. "I always said I wanted a career and not just a job. I think I found that. I still feel good and I love this game because it has been a very enjoyable and prominent part of my life and that of my family, but I have always felt I'd rather leave this game too early than too late."

"Bob Todd's dedication and passion for Ohio State baseball is immeasurable," Smith added. "He has personified Buckeye Baseball for 23 seasons and has guided our program onto the national landscape. Most importantly, he has impacted countless numbers of young men that have played for us and his legacy will live through them. We will always appreciate everything he has done for The Ohio State University."

Todd won his 1,000th career game this year and is one of the most decorated coaches in Ohio State history. A Missouri grad, Todd came to Ohio State in 1988 from Kent State and has won consistently since then, capturing seven Big Ten regular-season crowns and eight league tournament titles.

Last year, Ohio State won its first Big Ten regular-season league title since 2001 and made its 13th NCAA tournament appearance. This year's squad fell to 24-17 with a two-game sweep suffered at the hands of No. 10 Louisville yesterday and today, but the Buckeyes are one game off the Big Ten pace with three series left to play.

Todd told his team of his decision after today's loss to the Cardinals.

Overall, the Buckeyes are 897-471-2 in Todd's tenure. OSU has won 40 or more games 11 times and twice advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals, the last step before the College World Series, but Todd's teams have never made it to Omaha.

Todd has also been inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and is a four-time Big Ten Coach of the Year.

The Buckeyes next play Illinois in a three-game series starting Friday.

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