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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: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:51 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

You must be a graduate from that team up North, seeing as you can't read -- neither Hoke nor Michigan is mentioned in the article.  And we'll see who is who's bitch this November. 

Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:48 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Brady Hoke is no one's "bitch."  Smart guy that he is, he has said nothing about Meyer's tactics.  He'll let the team he's building do the "talking." The other coaches were blindsided by Meyer's tactics but don't count on it happening again.  Meyer might not like the hornet's nest he has stirred up.  And, just because Meyer managed to recruit a great pool of players doesn't mean he'll be able to develop or manage them.  If having a great recruiting class could guarantee anything, UGA and Texas would be perenniel NCs.

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:47 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Hey Tabitha, when did you hear Hoke bitching about Meyer............thought so jackass.

Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:46 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

@ tabico where does it say that Brady Joke was bit%ching?

Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:46 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

These posts are pretty funny.  The SEC has been dominating college football and if you don't believe me look who's been winning all the championships.  Urban Meyer comes in and recruits like the SEC because he came from the SEC.  I'm a Buckeye fan, but the SEC is dominating.  All you haters, especially those from Michigan should be thankful Urban Meyer is here.  His aggressiveness will eventually wear off on the other B1G schools and that will make the B1G better in the long run.  All this criticism is coming from fear.  Its not that Meyer is stealing recruits, its that these kids want to play for Urban Meyer.  He has the National Championships to back it up.  Who in the B1G can say that?? All you that are stating that OSU is shady and are rule breakers and blah blah blah.. well that is ignorant.  But feel free to keep talking.  Your schools probably suck anyway.  For the realist like me that see's how the SEC is dominating I hope Meyer can put not only OSU but the B1G back on the map.  To the Michigan fans...  Quit crying about OSU and Urban Meyer. We OSU fans can sense fear.  Right now you should be focused on Alabama and representing the B1G. Good luck with the National Champs.  We'll see first hand if you are back to the elite status.  Then we will see you in Columbus.

Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:43 pm
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Since: Oct 9, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:42 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Nice point, Tom.  Let's advance the two aspects hurting CFB. cheating and $$.  To get the $$, you gotta cheat, right?  I'm a sparty, so am I biased?  maybe a bit, but I'm used to average teams and less-than-top-recruits.  I'm not really all that upset pittman jumped ship.  coach D has done wonders without top recuits.  however, to take away the fruits of coach D's efforts (better recruits) I think is in and of itself wrong. 

I grew up loving CFB because of the rivalries, pagentry and the feeling that every game meant something.  Things you don't find in a lot of sports.  now it's just a pursuit of money, advertisements and cheating to get both.

and BTW, Delany ain't gonna do squat.  He wants a B1G team to win a NC at whatever cost to bring the limelight back to the B1G and away from the SEC.  Doing so bringings in more $$.  He was the spark that shook up all the conferences 2 yrs ago.  You think he did that for fun or because we needed more teams?  of course not, expand the market get more $$.    

Since: May 18, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:41 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

It's all true. He will probably change the way recruiting is done in the Big Ten. Of course, one thing that won't change in Columbus that was going on in Gainsville when Meyer left was Gators making the blotter.

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:37 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Myopia at its finest.. like every other fan of any other university isn't the same way? (Not us,Not here..) Well,Buckeye's going to be a really painful next decade. oh yeah,now you have to watch out for THE UA!! Tressel's soon to be top 20 Akron Zips!!!

Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:37 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Bret Bielema, Mark Dantonio, and Brady Joke. You're bitching just supports that fact that you are Urban's Bitches.

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