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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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Since: Jun 30, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:37 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

College football recruiting has been characterized by early commits by high school sophmores and jumiors as well as early senior season commits before a recruit takes all of his visits.  Yesterday it was Bielema and Dantonio complaining before receiving signed letters of intent as well as LSU's Les Miles going on a tirade about Kiels change of heart and picking Notre Dame over  LSU.  Miles even made it personal in an angry tirade about Kiel. 

Myer had been using those tactics against FSU with the impending Bobby Bowden retirement rumors for years until it got to the point where FSU's recruiting took a major hit and FSU in all reality was forced to move up the Jimbo Fisher time table.  SEC coaches were all playing dirty pool with FSU.  Other schools were doing it for years with Penn State and Joe Paterno as well.  This year Penn State lost so many recruits and quite a bit had to do with lies promulgated that the NCAA would take action against Penn State football affecting bowl and championship eligibility.  Great recruiting tactics and I am sure Ohio State joined in the fray.  That was a low blow to Penn State given the circumstances but college football is a business and if coaches do not win they will be fired while on the short leash.  So, although immoral in many cases and seemingly unethical in many respects the question of recruting tactics boils down to any illegal transgressions or NCAA violations.  What the other Big Ten schools should be complaining about is the slap on the wrist OSU got for major NCAA violations and the coverup but all Big 10 schools know that OSU is the goose that lays the golden egg for revenue so they are shutting up when they know major penalties should have been placed on OSU.  So if the other schools want to compain about OSU they should do in mass with respect to those OSU NCAA violations.  Everyone knows that they got the slap on the wrist due to connections with the NCAA president. 

As for future years, if I was a coach at any other   Big 10 school I would keep OSU under a microscope and report them for any transgression they hear about and there will be many things that occur in the recruiting process.  Recruits will tell them what OSU did and offered in the recruiting process and if it is anything like what is done at Florida and throughout the SEC Urban Myer will have OSU on perpetual probation.  Yhe big question is will they kill the goose that is laying that golden egg and slam OSU.  If Bielma and Dantonio have real balls then you will see them all over OSU in future years.  Every AD at a Big Ten school should insist that their football coaches play hard ball or it will be the big 2 residing at the top of the Big 10 again with other schools being perpetual also rans again.   



Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:35 pm
 

Pompous Donkey

Meyers' pic is next to the def in the dic. This guy is all about burning bridges.



Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:34 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

I wonder what bowl game OSU will be playing in this year??  Meyer is a tool, he will be gone from OSU in a few years anyway.  If recruits are stupid enough to follow this guy around, let them.  Meyer doesnt stay at his job long anyways.  Ask Michigan how the spread offense has worked out in the big ten, it will work against the crappy teams.  However, when OSU lines up that offense against the power teams in the big ten it doesnt work out well.


Meyer's an idiot,  nothing else needs to be said.   He has shown that when the going gets tough,  just make up some health issues and retire.  He is a coward and won't make it more than a couple years in the B1G. 



Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:33 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

thelionsstink

Really?  Meyer's Gators shredded SEC defenses for years.   I'll put LSU, Auburn, Alabama's defenses year in and year out against Wisconsin, Penn State, and Ohio State's.

Big Ten fans keep telling us how much better defenses are in their conference.

Maybe that run the ball 60 times a game offense is just too predictable? 



Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:33 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

There he goes again with the tough talk.  Be careful Urban, you can't take the heat- remember?  

Family life is thriving in Bucknutville.  It requires little effort to sign a top 5 recruiting class.



Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:28 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Didn't Urban Meyer leave the Florida Gator program because the stress was effecting his heart? 

The NCAA was the first reason these recruits decommitted from their original choices to choose Ohio State. When the NCAA gave Ohio State a one year ban from "a" bowl game, it amounted to a red shirt year for all of Urban Meyer's recruits. Not enough punishment for the Ohio State program for the crimes the program committed. Just like when the players in question were allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl. The nation knew that wasn't right and most of us know the one year bowl ban isn't right either.

We do know this, the NCAA hasn't decommitted from "thee" Ohio State.

With the NCAA providing life support for the Ohio State football program, will Urban Meyer's heart be able to handle the stress?



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:28 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

I wonder what bowl game OSU will be playing in this year??  Meyer is a tool, he will be gone from OSU in a few years anyway.  If recruits are stupid enough to follow this guy around, let them.  Meyer doesnt stay at his job long anyways.  Ask Michigan how the spread offense has worked out in the big ten, it will work against the crappy teams.  However, when OSU lines up that offense against the power teams in the big ten it doesnt work out well. 




Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:25 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Urban Meyer would not have been able to get those recruits to decommitt if Ohio State would have been banned from bowl games for three years.

Blame it on the NCAA. 



Since: Nov 6, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:15 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

HA HA HA  Bunch of Big Ten boisterous obnoxious lightweights.
When is the last time OSU...oe even the Big Ten has won a NC???
Talk when you are asked and go blow your Big Ten BS to someone who wil lliaten...like the Big East who maybe you can compete.

I do not know that Muschamp will win...we will see.  We do not know if Meyer can hold up to the stresses of Big Ten football, whaich are a lot less than the SEC stresses, since we are a better more competetive conference.  I do know how Meyer works.  I have seen it first hand.  He is like a pedofile...lures innocent victims close to him then pi=ounces on them.  The Big Ten coaches will give him hell and recruits will learn the truth about Meyer.  He will not last long...

Oh yea... Muschamp has already set OSU straight in the Gator Bowl.  Sorry you will not have another shot at the Gators as we will be in a BCS bowl as you will continue to be in the second tier bowls.  Later gator.

And by the way tipinmy 40 and jdallgood... I know a lot more about college football than you have ever dreamed about.  SEC football is much better than wimpy, losing Big Ten.  The SEC owns the Big Ten.  So keep running your mouth as all that hoyt air may be needed to keep you warm up north.  I am at the pool suning :-)  I remember the loud obnoxiuos boistrous vile boistrous OSU fans before the 2006 NC game in Glendale.  Never seen such repulsive people in my life... the vile comments and insults out of their mouths.  Then OSU gets their Big Ten butt kicked and as I walked out of the game all I couls see of the OSU fans was the red tail lights of their cars leaving.  Of course we did the same thing to OSU in April 2007 in basketball... rember that boys?



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:15 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

The little ten coaches just need to grow a pair and learn to play with the big boys.  There is a reason why the conference is an also ran every year...and maybe this will change now with OSU.  


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