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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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Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 8:22 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

He his a slime ball always has been!

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 8:20 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Meyer is not that cool. He was Tebows lover before he was a quitter, now he takes over a tainted program and gets some 2.0GPA thugs to go back on their word. He will get the same level of commitment in practice from them as they showed those other programs. Ohio is gross. 

Since: Mar 14, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 8:17 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

The SEC is good because they have the athletes not cause everyone cheats recruiting. I do think it's slimy that he came in to the B1G and immediately started recruiting commited players and find it to be kind of a joke. Urban is going to do a great job of ruining the B1G for me and bringing back the dislike that I've had for Ohio State in the past but recently went away when they cleaned house and Tressel was fired. No sense in whining about it but cmon dude! Wait a season and then bring back OSU to what it was don't give me such a stupid reason to hate you.

Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 8:17 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

You cannot be serious?  OSU's bowl record is tainted by unprecedented cheating and fans still have the gall to point to their bowl records with pride?  If I were an OSU alum or supporter I would be humiliated and embarrassed by the conduct of the administration, coaches and players and demand accountability.  Apparently, winning football games is far more important in Columbus than ethics and fair play.  You are the definition of what is wrong with college sports.  

Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 8:11 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

College football is certainly heading in the wrong direction.  The NCAA cannot regulate schools, especially the ones that don't want to be regulated (SEC, except Vanderbilt).  The presidents (Gee, et al.)) and athletic directors (Smith, et al.) of cheating schools go virtually unsanctioned.  When the coaches who are playing by the rules object to unethical and perhaps illegal tactics by opposing caoches, they are called whiners.   

The biggest sham of all are the coaches who claim that the players be totally accountable to them when they have no interest in being held accountable themselves.   

Since: Sep 30, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 8:04 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

My team won the National Championship a few years ago too...And a pair of Fiesta Bowls...And a Sugar Bowl...And a Rose Bowl. Granted Auburn is 2-0 in their BCS games, but that hardly gives War Eagle faithful an upper-hand. SEC>B1G, no doubt there, but if you aren't a Buckeye, it seems you have to be an irrational, jealous hater. Congratulations on filling the stereotype, though.

Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:59 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Someone needs to call 9-1-1, send a wambulance to wISCONSIN and mISHITGAN sTATE! Waaaaa!

Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:57 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer team won the National Championship a few years ago, in the best conference in college football.  Definitely not jealousy over here. But you can keep talking about signing day...might be the best part of this season for OSU fans.

Since: Dec 20, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:55 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Maybe if Wisconsin had been allowed to have 2 coaching staffs available to them during the latest recruiting period they would've fared a little better. Why the NCAA gave OSU that advantage I'll never quite understand.

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:54 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

(Whine) "Daddy, that new kid over there just smacked me in the mouth." "Tell him to stop!" (Whine). 

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