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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 23, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:36 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

LOL!  I can't believe the stuff I am reading!  Meyer is unethical.....when a kid commits, no one should go after them.  Please, cry me a river!  Recruiting is where winning starts, you try your best to get the best talent available to help your team win championships, which makes $$$ for the school and conference.  No commintment is secure until the kid signs that letter of intent and faxes it to their choice of school.  When Ohio St. hired Meyer, everyone new that top recruits would flock to him because he has won where ever he coached.  You can't blame a kid for switching his commintment to Ohio St., they will be in the hunt for National Championships every year and will be able to recruit kids down south that would otherwise never commit to a Big Ten school.  Ohio St. will look similar to teams that resemble coach Meyers Florida teams of the past.  

Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:35 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

If the NCAA really wanted to stop this practice, they would take a scholarship away for the succeeding year from the offending team and give it to the team that was "wronged". But you know they won't do anything about it, being the weenies that they are

Who ever said that the NCAA was trying to stop the practice?  Bielema and Dantonio look like two guys that are just whining when OSU swooped in and took their recruits that probably would have went to OSU anyways if the Tressel scandal hadn't broke and Tress was still coaching the team.  That's why they are NON-BINDING committments.  I'm pissed that Michigan took Kyle Kalis but it is what it is and I'm not complaining about it.

Since: Jan 3, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:35 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Wow Tip. It's like you can see right through my computer and into my soul. How insightful.

Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:35 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

People like to use the word cheat a lot but where did Meyer cheat?  He recruited kids that gave verbals.  That is allowed in the B10. Do I agree not always but it is still within the rules.  Not even bending them.

Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:35 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

mich and ohio arent losing jobs don.  more mythology from angry conservatives who hate unions.   did you see the news yesterday.  Chrysler and Ford had strong 4th quarter sales.    Ohio is the 3rd leading manufacturing of BioSci products behind California and Texas.   Ohio and mich struggled bad during the recesseion, but they also appear to picking up quickly.   the 'rust' belt is not as rusty as you think haters.

Since: Sep 21, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:33 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Sigh. Everyday I get to see what moronic, uneducated PAC-10 (assuming here) fan is. Don't be jealouse of OSU's continued dominance over the big ten and college football in general. Everyone wanted Meyer to come to their programs and coach but once we landed him he's 'unethical, over-rated, illegal, joke, etc'. I think it's funny and way pathetic, it's really like high school. Grow up, grow and pair and quit making excuses for your programs failures. 

Since: Nov 30, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:32 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

This story is semi-lame, but put yourself in an 18 year olds shoes. When Urban Meyer looks you in the eye and tells you he wants you to play football for him... you feel like you've been blessed by the football gods. I know he's an above average coach and blah blah blah... but a recruit see's him differently. They came up watching this guy.

Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:31 pm
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Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:31 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Hey Beilemna!   I can think of some prioririties for you other than complaining about recruits:

1.  win a damn bcs bowl

2. learn how to in game coach

3.  where something other than a track suit just ONCE!     

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:30 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

michigan is only losing jobs because its state is stock full of unions whose workers are not skilled and are paid at a skilled workers rate. ohio is losing jobs as well for the same reason. 
it looks like it will be big 2 and now little 10 once the dust clears.   

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