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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: Nov 22, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:38 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

2 players not released for grades but multiple incidents with law. It's the student athetes agreement to receive a scholarship they must maintain academic eligibility. Scholarship at most of big ten aren't honored if the student athlete doesn't make it in the classroom OSU lost Duron Carter last year because of it.




Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:35 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Really they are crying bc Meyer who hasnt been there all year to start recruiting hes only had few months to do it in and if he went and talked to players that other schools had talked to but had yet to get a letter of commitment from then good for him for doing his job the whole recruiting process is a hit below the belt competition to see who can impress high school kids the most with what partying there campus offers and how much money there alumni have to illegally give to the players who should be allowed to get paid to begin with because Ohio State Makes millions every home game and then five to ten million come bowl time not to mention all the TV money etc the University gets for exploiting these kids but its a mans world when it comes to recruiting if wisconsin and michigan state cant run with the big dogs they need to just stay on the porch and quit their crying


tipinmy40
Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:35 pm
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Since: Jan 19, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:34 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Bielema and Dantonio will have to get used this. Their opinion of "unethical" recruiting by Urb is irrelevant if no rules were broken. Sour grapes!



Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:34 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

GoCubs utters the following nonsense  "What could Ohio State offer within the rules "


Gee, I don't know, maybe a legit shot at a National title.  You do realize that OSU is the only program in the Big 10 to make
a title run in the BCS era.  I realize that being a Cubs fan means you're used to years of futility.  But most people would prefer
to win.  And in the B1G, Meyer offers the best opportunity to do just that.


osubucki1
Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:31 pm
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osubucki1
Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:28 pm
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Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:27 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

it will backfire.  he's suddenly gong to have 10 B10 teams pecking at his comittments.  short term gain for his short term tenure. 
all long term coaches are well resepcted by thier peers.  he's made no friends.



Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:26 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

I agree Bielema is a cryer...Cry



Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:24 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

khan,

There is no offical commitment until it's on paper.  i think you are mostly concerned with winning.  whcih is fine.  your talk of honoring committment comes across as self serving and half baked.   if you truly care about the morality of commitment, perhaps look in over hauling the recruiting process entirely.   why should kids even be expected to make a "verbal."   dodson verballed to wisky b/c beleiman sold him on the program and pressured him to do so.  same thing meyer did.   change the rules if you want, but dont single out meyer b/c as the rules are now he didn't break any.  a program doesnt own this kids.  you seem to have an entitlement attitude.  kid made a verbal, so therefore we are entitled to see him suit up for the badgers.  no. your are not.  you don't own him, and he is allowed to change his mind. 


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