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The Ohio State Buckeyes athletics community got some major news on Wednesday morning when longtime athletic director Gene Smith announced that he will be retiring from his position effective June 30 of next year.

Gene Smith announced the major news on Wednesday during a press conference.

“I have always believed that a leader seeks to be the right person at the right time in the life of the institution,” Smith said to begin his press conference on Wednesday morning, according to ESPN. “I believe that July 2024 is the right time to welcome new leadership to build upon what we have achieved and continue to build upon the great tradition of excellence in athletics and business advancement at Ohio State.”

Smith has been in his position as the Ohio State athletic director for the past 18 years, helping lead arguably the largest and most successful athletic program in the entire country. His retirement is major news, and the sports world had plenty to say about it on social media as a result.

This means that within the next year, Ohio State will be looking for both a new university president and athletic director, so some big changes are coming to Ohio State in the near future.