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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: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:19 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

What did you expect from an SEC coach, ethical behavior? That being said, Jim Delaney could put a stop to this pretty quickly, but I doubt he has any reason to do so or the cajones to do it anyway.

Since: May 26, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:19 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Ethics are something that hasn't been in existence in Columbus in a LONG time.

Since: Jan 23, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:18 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

LMAO at the dumb OState fans.  Haven't you numbnuts gotten enough of the 5 * divas and their sense of entitlement?  You clowns have already been running as close to an SEC-type operation as could be in the B1G, only without the hardware to show for your skirting the rules.  Meyer will be gone, I guarantee you he wants to coach his bff Tebow.  No Michigan fan is scared of Meyer, btw, we whooped UF WITH Teeby-Weeby and Harvin.  Michigan-Ohio State is only meaningful if both teams are competitive and exemplary.  Our games go down in the annals of history as some of the finestexamples of college football both on and off the field.  Screw the SEC and their bootlegger, win-at-all costs, NFL flop coaches and tactics.  Don't be like those c*cks*ckers, you're better than that.  I think...

Since: Jan 3, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:17 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Why even have a 'committed" designation if no such thing exists? Maybe it should be "committed unless Urban Meyer steals them for his own benefit regardless of the impact on the player and his integrity" category. This is just another example of the "win at all costs because I sold my soul long ago" dynamic that will ultimately be one of the contributory factors that brings down the NCAA. Amatuer? Please. It no longer exists. Thanks Urban. How's the ticker?

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:12 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Players that are found through recruiting.
Myer didn't "find" any of those guys. Nobody finds blue chip recruits. What he did was "woo" recruits. I don't know what he's selling, but it must be better than what they're selling in Madison, Lansing, South Bend, and State College.

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:11 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

When I looked over the recruiting lists one of the first things that came to my mind was why in the world would 3 of the top 5 DE's in the country this year decide to go to OSU, there are only 2 starting spots at DE and likely recruits ahead of them in the game.  Then noticing where these recruits came from really brought up a stronger question.  If all 3 had been Ohio kids I could give a break on it but none of the 3 came from Ohio. Sure makes me smell something rotten in Columbus.

Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:11 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

This happens in every conference. I guarantee it happens in the Big10. Just seems like these guys are being sour!

Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:08 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Wow.  That was really weak.  Surely you're smarter than that, oosterbaan?  "Dirty coach, team, buying cars, blah, blah, blah."
So tell us, how does OSU cheat?  What gives them a competitive advantage?  Tressel looking the other way over tattoos?  Someone driving an Escalade to practice or school?  Seriously?   Help me understand how that is cheating in terms of providing a competitive edge?  Really....I am waiting.  The past decade was tough on you, wasn't it?  Tongue out

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:07 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Well wbraddock...certainly Columbus isn't as posh and glamorous as Ann Arbor or Detroit.  Weak post, stick to the topic or get back to the shallow end of the pool...

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:07 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Ohio State fired John Gotti..and hired John Gotti JR.

Meyer was shady at Floride and he will be shady at OSU.  The main problem is that OSU does not care about unethical tatics.

There is one rulew that must be put in place in the NCAA.  Once a player committs to a school, no other school can contact or call that player. ZERO contact!!  If the kid or his family reaches out that is a different story.

Intodays NCAA a commitment means nothing to SNAKES like Meyer, Saben and Miles..they will keep recruiting until the last minute trying to get a kid to change.

Anyone was has ever been involved in recruiting from the players standpoint knows that it is very stressful..when you have leaches and snakes stillcalling you it puts doubt in your mind.   

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