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Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Posted on: February 2, 2012 3:31 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2012 8:36 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

It appears that the grace period for new coaches in the Big Ten lasts for 65 days or only one National Signing Day. That's how long it took for fellow Big Ten coaches to publicly speak about being upset with new Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer.

Not surprisingly, the complaints from Wisconsin's Bret Bielema and Michigan State's Mark Dantonio are related to Meyer's recruiting tactics. Particularly the part where he just shows up, swoops in and then causes recruits to suddenly change their minds and flock to Columbus.

“There are a few things that happened early on that I made people aware of that I didn’t want to see in this league, that I had seen take place in other leagues,” said Bielema on Wednesday. “Other recruiting tactics, other recruiting practices that are illegal. 

“I was very up front and was very pointed to the fact, actually reached out to Coach Meyer and shared my thoughts and concerns with him. The situation got rectified.”

Michigan State's Mark Dantonio was a bit more to the point.

"(Ohio State has) a new coach, and it's different," Dantonio told the Detroit News. "I would say it's pretty unethical, in the end." 

It seems that Bielema and Dantonio aren't used to the recruiting tactics Meyer has brought along from his days in the SEC, where the gentlemanly rules of the Big Ten do not exist. It seems SEC coaches know that no commitment means anything until a letter of intent is signed, so the race for any recruit they might want doesn't end before February.

Question the morality of it all you want, but you'll notice the SEC has won the last six national championships while the Big Ten has been rather uninspiring.

Meyer's first class at Ohio State was good enough to finish ranked third in the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25. In that class of 24, 10 of the commits didn't come on board until after Meyer became head coach at Ohio State. Of those 10 players, eight had previously given commitments to other school.

Including offensive lineman Kyle Dodson (Wisconsin) and defensive end Se'Von Pittman (Michigan State). Hence the reactions of Bielema and Dantonio. Still, of the other six, four had been committed to Penn State and two to Notre Dame. You don't hear Bill O'Brien or Brian Kelly crying foul about it today.

Not that complaining will do anything to deter Meyer. He's a head coach that realizes in order to build a successful program, not only do you need to have a good coaching staff, but you have to have good players. Players that are found through recruiting.

So whine about how he does all you want, he's seen the fruits of his efforts and has a couple rings to show for it. Nothing anybody can say will change that.

Other Big Ten coaches can either get on board, or run the risk of being left behind.

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Comments

Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:44 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

So Beliema is saying Meyer cheated?  Thats strong words for recruiting a kid that wanted to go Ohio state his whole life. 



Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:44 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

I think Hoke's up to the challenge.  I don't know about the other guys.



Since: Apr 3, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:43 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

yeah the big ten is jealous of meyers ethical past.  oh wait you cheer for ohio cheat where winning at all costs is ethical.  drink some more buckeye whine.  



Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:42 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Dantonio and Bielama come across like freakin' sore losers. You lost some recruits from Ohio who would've committed to OSU anyway had you not swooped in after the Tressel mess. Unless the kid is signed I see no problem with reaching out to a verbally committed kid. Even Brady Hoke was interviewed today and said he had no problem with Urban Meyer's recruiting. And guess who the two best teams in the Big Ten are? Maybe the rest of the coaches should work on finding a way to close the talent gap between OSU-Michigan and the rest of the league. 



Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:39 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

dude u r an idiot.   tressel didn't dominate by cheating.  u seen the games he won.  JEALOUS aren't u.  go back to your corner and cry a river.



Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:38 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

the big ten coaches are mad because they were hoping that ohio st. was going to suck so the other teams would have a shot at winning the big ten.  go cry some dantonio and bielema or just leave the league if u can't handle it. 



Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:35 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

dude u r an idiot.   tressel didn't dominate by cheating.  u seen the games he won.  JEALOUS aren't u.  go back to your corner and cry a river.



Since: May 30, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:21 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Of course OSU people find these tactics acceptable.  The OSU fans still think they won games for the past ten years legally.  The fact is simple, Michigan owned Ohio State before Tressel, and Tressel only dominated his league because he did things illegally, just like he did at Akron.  Take out the crimes and go back ten years.  Hmmm, suddenly OSU isn't as good as you think.  Now Meyer somehow gets to recruit while Michigan is in a BCS bowl.  Again, hmmm.  Something amiss in Columbus.  I guess the NCAA realizes OSU cannot recruit or win unless they are given certain advantages.



Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:18 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Wow, Ohio St. has a football coach that's unethical. Just take a look at Meyer's record of having players getting arrested or not eligible, at Florida.
Congrats to the Buckeye's. You finally got what you wanted, to make the Big Ten look like the SEC. Not in a good way. If you guys want to look deep enough, Meyer was going to have to resign from Florida for all the crap his program was pulling. So he leaves, and finds a big name school that wants to win at all costs. You will probably win a title or two, but then you will be put on probation by the NCAA. And thy won't give you the benefit of the doubt, like this last time.

 




Since: Jun 19, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:14 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

I find it commical that these coaches would whine about "unethical" recruiting tactics by Urban.  That is a strong accussation when in reality the only issue is, they need to look in the mirror and realize that they are just not that good of a recruiter.  If they had sold their university that well then no matter what Urban said or did, those recruits would have kept their verbals and signed with Wisconsin or Michigan State or whomever.  Then you read about this "gentlemen like " agreement amongst coaches.  Give me a break.  Urban Meyer is here to win championships.  This isn't a contest of which coach acts more gentlemanly like and professional.  Funny coming from Bielema who is "ungentlemanly" like when he refers to the Buckeyes as Ohio.
Quit making false accussations against Meyer for him simply doing his job well and hitting the ground running.  


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