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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: May 21, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 6:06 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Did Urban Meyer do anything illegal or contrary to the NCAA rules?  If so, then he should face the consequences.  If not, then there is no story.    The recruits had verbally committed but had not committed in writing.  It happens.    Som
e schools commit to a student athlete, change coaches and "uncommit".  It happens.  For the record, I am not an OSU alumni or supporter.  Frankly, their behavior over the past few years was disgusting.   But for coaches and fans to complain about this event, it is simply a non-story.  Get over it.



Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 6:03 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

40-34...whos the beaaatch now!?!?



Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 6:01 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Hey, my bad. The Hokester wasn't complaining about Urban, he was complaining about the length of the drive thru line at McDonalds.


tipinmy40
Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:59 pm
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Since: Feb 13, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:57 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

who gives a crap about any of this nonsense..college football has been bought and sold just like everything else in sports.. I don't give a crap if I ever hear OSU, Mich, ND, or  "SEC" again.. college football is not nearly as much fun as it used to be..excpet for those people in the south who live, eat and breathe it.. mainly because they have little else sportswise... but get me a college playoff, and I may be back.. hard to believe we don't have it yet..has to be worth 6-7billion over 5 years in TV money alone.. 




Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:57 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

So basically, if you present a better situation, product, package, whatever you want to call it, and pursuade a recruit to change his mind and not attend a school; that means your unethical. Classic! Here's a thought, Wisconsin and Michigan State, how about out work the other guy. Hmmm. Actually do the work to keep the recruit you're after. What a novel idea. Thus ends todays lesson from Captain Obvious.



Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:55 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Dantonio's upset? He was trying to recruit Dodson away from Wisconsin at the same time Meyer was. Hypocrisy thy name is Dantonio.



Since: May 18, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:55 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Unethical, two of the recruits sought OSU out. What should Meyer say, "To bad you already agreed to go t MSU." I'm sorry, but thats just total BS. There is nothing wrong if finding out if the player is intersted in playing for OSU, if so then that player isn't fully committed yet till he signs that letter of entent in February. 


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Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:54 pm
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Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:53 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

OK - in the linked story it indicates that Wisconsin's Bret Bielema was most angry about losing offensive lineman Kyle Dodson who was committed to Wisconsin before Meyer was hired at Ohio State. Rumors of Dodson, an Ohio native, (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) switching to the Buckeyes started almost immediately upon Meyer’s arrival in Columbus.
Bielema said. “When Kyle reached out to us this afternoon he talked about staying close to home. He’s a kid who lives with his grandmother and grandmother only. You can’t fault a kid for that.”

Funny thing - the Cleveland Plain Dealer also says - "Dodson deliberated for weeks whether to choose Ohio State, Michigan State or Southern Cal, or the school he made a nonbinding oral commitment to last summer, Wisconsin."

So Bielema now looks like  pretty much of a low life  - whining that he did not get to hang on to a kid that he had talked into going away to school far away from his grandmother  ... and it appears that one of his selling points had been to bad-mouth the future of Ohio State.

 - and isn't it ironic - Bielema & Dantonio are featered in the article  whining about Meyer  -  and yet  it looks like Dantonio was working to get Dodson away from Bielema too!


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