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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 11, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 4:53 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

People are whining, Urb must be doing something right. Pittman is a guy who would have committed to OSU long ago were it not for the turmoil of the past year. Funny how guys who undoubtedly used OSU's looming sanctions as a recruiting tool are crying foul now.

Since: Jan 20, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 4:51 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

While no one outside of OSU should care about what happens to that lying sub bag of a program, I will say these arguments are lame. You'll never be close to the SEC if you're not tough before, during and after recruiting. If a player hasn't signed, he's fair game. I guess the other schools don't want a kid to be able to change his mind. That seems unethical to me.

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 4:50 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

If some of the other conferences would watch and learn from the SEC, maybe the SEC wouldn't be so dominant. The good ole boy aproach went out the window years ago. It is a Dog eat Dog world in NCAA Football and as long as the NCAA let's the SEC and some other conferences use the tactics they are using, they are not breakingany rules. A verble commitment is just hot air until the dotted line is signed. I'm not even a SEC fan, but I have to hand it to them, they know how to build domanant teams.

Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 4:50 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Bielema was just mad that Meyer took his bucket of fried chicken and Big Mac.  He's also angry that they didn't get a Russell Wilson to save his ass for next year. You can't get lucky all the time fatty.

Since: Mar 17, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 4:49 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Screw the other big10 schools lol. It's not like schools in the same conference are obliged to help the other out. When was the last time Wisconsin or MSU said "No, we don't want to recruit that player, even though he is going to be great, because Ohio State is already recruiting him and that would not be nice of us to do." 

Lol these COLLEGE football coaches need to stop crying and work on trying to get the players they do have better so that they can beat us next year. 

Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 4:48 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

"...other Big 10 coaches better get on board or... "  You got that right! LOL   1) I think Dantonio needs to worry more about Hoke picking his pockest than Meyer. 2) Bielema, still stinging over his Rose Bowl fiasco, will simply - and gleefully, no doubt - schedule more FBS teams in September in order to assure Bowl eligibility.  'Urban rewenal' is coming to the banks of the Olentangy y'all.  Man up or wimp out.

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 4:48 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

after reading your post, and before looking at your profile, I said to myself.."this no OSU fan-there is'nt one person in Cludumbass that is this well versed"!! Good post.

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 4:47 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

You are right about one thing though, Fornelli:  the SEC, Meyer, USC and OSU have shown the road to success:  Cheat or lose.  And even if you get caught, the gains will far outweigh the penalties.  It is a simple as the "Learned Hand" formula taught to every first year law student:  if the gains from cheating outweigh the penalties from getting caught, then you must cheat.  The NCAA has become a complete joke and scum like Meyer are thumbing their noses at the system.
What a bunch of sissies. There's no crying in college football. Tear the lace of your panties, man up, and do some recruiting.

I don't care what USC or OSU did, but show me the cheating that the SEC or Meyer did that let them win all these NCs. Go ahead, I'll check back every day. And, no, as much as I despise Auburn, unfortunately there was no proof of cheating by Scam Newton and AU. You have to show me that Florida, LSU, Auburn, and Alabama cheated to win their NCs, or STFU.

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 4:44 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Urban Renewal takes hold at Ohio State.  Wink

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 4:42 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Still waiting for one journalist from espn or CBS to discuss the immorality into Oversigning in sec.
Welcome to 2012 ... why would they write about something that can't happen any more due to a new SEC rule?

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