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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: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 4:40 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Its ohio, we wouldnt expect any different. Enjoy next years bowl game and B1G title run?!? BUWAHAHAAAA!!!



Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 4:38 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

No commitment means no commitment. If a player has not signed a letter of intent, he's fair game, despite what he may have said at any point up to the actual signing. Nothing unethical about that. It's competition, pure and simple. Some don't like to compete as much as others, obviously.



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 4:36 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

DANTONIO crying "UNETHICAL"  Wow if that ain't the pot calling the kettle black.  Dantonio was the guy who let a guy fresh out of Prison play the next day.  Also "60 minutes of Unnecasary roughness" and the guy who would not discipline a player until the League forced him too.  He is a good judge of ethics.
   



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 4:34 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Waaaa Waaaaa this is why I hate most Big 10 schools, hey Bielsma and Dantonio ever hear the saying nice guys finish last....and also GROW  PAIR...share if you have too....go Urban!



Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 4:30 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Ah,,,, WHAT? Where have YOU been!!<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;">

 



Since: Dec 8, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 4:30 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Pittman (Canton) and Dodson (Cleveland) are from Ohio, I doubt it took much convincing from Meyer to win these guys back once the coaching position at OSU was filled.  I'm sure the rest of the Big 10 enjoyed recruiting in Ohio over the last year, but the run is over. 



Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 4:29 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.



Since: Oct 24, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 4:27 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

And this is a shock to the BIG 10 coaches??  He's an SEC coach, it's what they do!!



Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 4:27 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Heh Heh!!!

This sentence takes the cake:

"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."

CBS, home of the $EC, discussing morality. Yes, Urban has brought an $EC morality to O$U. I may be antiquated in my ways, but I would rather go the route of MSU and Wisky, than O$U, U$C, or the $EC. At least after MSU or Wisky play, I don't feel dirty. I can still enjoy a 10 win season and not contend for a National Title that requires some form of cheating to get there. This writer is obviously ok with sacrificing student athletes (reference oversigning) for the sake of a National Title. 

Ya know, the NCAA let's schools go basically unpunished for cheating, so while I look upon some of these schools with disdain, I can't begrudge them anything. The NCAA is the real culprit. 



Since: Nov 21, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 4:26 pm
 

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

What a match made in hell .. Meyer and Ohio State.  Two pieces of crap join as one big piece of crap!


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