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Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Posted on: February 3, 2012 10:33 am
Edited on: February 3, 2012 3:28 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

It seems Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer heard the complaints from fellow Big Ten coaches Bret Bielema and Mark Dantonio about his recruiting tactics on Thursday, and not surprisingly, he doesn't care.

According to Buckeye fansite the OZone, Meyer fired back while at the Ohio High School coaches clinic on Friday morning.

"You're pissed because we went after a committed guy? Guess what, we got 9 guys who better go do it again," said Meyer. "Do it a little harder next time."

Meyer also released a statement on Friday afternoon.

“I was pleased to take part in a productive, regularly scheduled meeting of the Big Ten Conference coaches today in Chicago," said Meyers in the release. "We had an opportunity to discuss a number of issues with each other and conference staff, including those that have arisen this week. It should be noted that my coaching staff is in full compliance with our recruiting efforts, and no one on this staff did anything illegal or unethical. We will continue to comply with NCAA rules and recruit with relentless effort, especially the great state of Ohio.
 
“I want to thank Commissioner Delany for his insight and leadership, and at this point we all look forward to moving past this week and getting ready for the start of spring football.”

This all started when Wisconsin's Bret Bielema and Michigan State's Mark Dantonio publicly criticized Meyer's recruiting tactics. Of the ten players that committed to Ohio State after Meyer became head coach, eight had previously committed to other schools. That includes offensive tackle Kyle Dodson (Wisconsin) and defensive end Se'Von Pittman (Michigan State).

Bielema also said on Thursday night that Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez was going to be talking to Jim Delany about Meyer's recruiting tactics. All because of a supposed "gentleman's agreement" -- an agreement that even Alvarez himself denied exists on Friday -- within the Big Ten that says coaches aren't supposed to go after another coach's commits while recruiting.

Which wasn't the way Meyer, or any coach, did things in the SEC, and it doesn't look like Urban is willing to adapt.

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Comments

Since: Aug 9, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:43 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Mr. lovinMSU, let me respond to your comment where you said "now they are certainly going to run the score up on Ohio State when they can.  You can bet on that."

You act like we haven't had a target on our back each and every year! Teams want to run the score up on us every time they play us, so what is new????

We lost Kyle Kalis to *ichigan and I wouldn't dare cry/complain/send threats to them because of it.   I'm sick and tired of other team's fans always trying to find the dirt and make everything "cheating" when it comes to Ohio State.





Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:41 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

The big 10 need not worry though I am sure Urban will follow his pattern and quit in a couple of years.



Since: Mar 13, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:40 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Wah, wah, wah. The only thing Urban Meyer is guilty of is raising the bar in the Big 10. Get in the game, yokels.



Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:38 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

sounds like Urban Myer is fitting right in at scum bag U, oops I mean Ohio State.



Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:36 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Well Mr. Meyer you better hope to god you are a better coach and get better players than these other schools because your remarks have already gained you 10 enemies and now they are certainly going to run the score up on Ohio State when they can.  You can bet on that.  And if you Ohio State fans think your team is too good for that to happen just ask Florida if its possible to do to ya.  Its not very common for a run the score up on purpose game in the big ten but now Ohio State has made every game they play in one of those games.



Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:33 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Wow, ridiculous complaints! Like any job, profession, free agent, etc...until the "contract" is signed, every one is fair game. As long as it is done within the rules, the rest of the Big Ten better get over it....and come along. It is quite typical in this day and age!
was gonna post... but think Newk said it best.



Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:28 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

"No other big whatever team is close"...IN CAPS.  I guess a 2% difference is a LONG way away.



Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:28 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

I'm sure no money in  a duffel bag or anything like that was involved. I'm sure all the athletes wanted to wait last minute, have  a sudden change of heart, and take there talents somewhere else just cause Urban Meyer is so great.



Since: Dec 21, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:24 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Its much more rare in college basketball. Most coaches do follow the gentelmen's agreement of not recruiting kids after they verbal. Very different than football.



Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:17 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

This entire issue seems overblown. I agree that there aren't very many ethics when it comes to recruiting, but Meyer didn't do anything most other coaches across the country haven't, it happens in basketball as well. It does blow when it looks like you have a top-flight player committed to your program, then bails because he received a better sales pitch, but that's the name of the game. What I love, are so many coaches across the country that bail out on their teams to take better offers, leaving their teams hanging before a bowl game, have the gall to question legal recruiting tactics. Coach's look out for themselves just as much as players do.  


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