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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: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 6:49 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

These coaches should just their mouths and do a better job of recruiting. 

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 6:49 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

It would take a dumb ass from fla duh, to make a statement like that

Since: Feb 28, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 6:48 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

I love all the scUM fools chiming in on this subject. Look at your own house first, Fred Flintstone, aka Brady Joke, aka Brady Hoax, raided a certain five star OL Ohio State commit just a few short months ago, not mentioning any names (K. K.). I didn't see Urban whining about this thief in the hen house. As much as I admire MSU Coach D, he must remember that his "gentlemen's agreement" was with Coach T. Not a huge fan of Whiskey Coach B, but at least he had the cojones to call Urban, rather than label someone unethical in the media. 



Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 6:44 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

How many years until Urban gets "tired" and quits this job?

Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 6:44 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Meyer is a whore and he's going to polute the B1G. This coach, according to his own words, is doing his job. Hoke and Dantonio have called him out, Beliema too. Before he began recruiting, he released two players due to academics; they were on renewable scolarships. Hence the begining of the B1G recruiting process and the new scenario. Should we accept it? I don't think we have a choice. The ulcer is here and we have to deal with it. This is something that can't be healed with words. Is the answer four year scholarships? That seems to be the way we are going. Yet, how do you step on Meyer? That's a big question for the B1G. Go mean Green!

Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 6:41 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

To quote a Wisconsin Coach "Deal with it"

Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 6:40 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

That was far from the best Michigan team in the last decade. Most well coached, maybe, but not even close to the most talented. Enjoy a few years of Meyer before he decides he wants to bolt or his chest starts hurting, whatever he wants to call it.

Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 6:39 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Why are Michigan fans so happy with their 6 point home win over OSU last year?  The best Michigan team in 10 years BARELY beat the worst OSU team in 10 years!

A win that wouldnt even exist if Braxton Miller could have thrown a decent deep ball. He missed at least 3 wide open deep TDs, including one late to Posey that would have won it.

And they should realize "The Game" next year is OSU's bowl game. The entire season will be geared towards that one game. And its in Columbus.

Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 6:36 pm
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Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 6:36 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer


I stopped reading after "I am an ND fan".  Your subsequent points, like the Irish program, are irrelevant.  And a Cubs fan, too.

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