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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: Nov 22, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:52 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Hey B1G coaches lets just argue about Urban's recruting while he's out filling his 2013 class. There will be so left overs from Ohio since 2013 class in Ohio is going to be good. Urban has number 1 & Number 2 wrapped up now both will be 5 stars.



Since: Sep 30, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:52 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

"Ohio State will still be overrated as usual.  None of this matters.  They will beat up on the MAC and other weak big ten teams and lose to the big boys every year.  It's not even surprising anymore."

Really? Is that why Ohio State has the most BCS Bowl appearances in history AND the most BCS Bowl Game victories in history (6)? Jealous much? 



Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:50 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

khan, I do think personally that keeping your word is important.  Honesty is important to me, but be realistic about it.   where to go to college is a huge decision.  Do we want to hold 18 yrs accountable for a verbal?  i guess my point is why not just have LOIs and forget the "verbals."   as far the number of schollies and kids not getting shafted, that is on the ncaa.  if you truly care about ethics it has to be changed at the grass roots level.   expecting coaches to abide by an unspoken code of ethics is wishful thinking, and you might even say hypocritical, sems 95% of the time the message sent to that coach is Win win win!



Since: Jan 19, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:50 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

khanlon1

The recruitment process isnt complete until signed and officially committed. Buying an airline ticket is a completed transaction. Apples and oranges comparison. 

Expecting these kids to "follow through on their word" is naive in the extreme.


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Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:50 pm
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Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:47 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

pindck40, you must've been on the OSU debate team.  compelling argument you laid out. 



Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:46 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Ohio State will still be overrated as usual.  None of this matters.  They will beat up on the MAC and other weak big ten teams and lose to the big boys every year.  It's not even surprising anymore.



Since: Dec 20, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:46 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

What does Penn State's being in the Big 10 conference have to do with the ethics at the other 11 schools in the conference? Really?



Since: Nov 22, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:43 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Wisconsin has a QB drop on them from heaven. Youngstown got more signees then the Badgers.



Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:39 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

free saftey, you don't think following through on your word is important?  they give verbals so the scholorship are held for them.  it's a matter of logistics.  otherwise coaches would end up offering way too many scholorships.  they'd be like the airlines oveselling tickets and leaving passengers stranded.  it has nothing to do w/ "ownerhsip" and all to do w/ keeping a middle aged vulture from telling a kid his word really doesn't matter. 


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