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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: Nov 27, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:40 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

While I hate Urban Meyer almost as much as I hate Ohio State, the quitter is right. Welcome to the real world of recruiting. Even if this is a new phenomenon in the Big 10, it's how recruiting is done in every other conference.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:37 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

I love Urban, he knows that a verbal commitment isnt binding in college sports, teams can back out and players can back out.....Urban went hard and that is why he has 2 rings....good for him! And I am a 'Canes fan!

Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:33 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

I HATE O$U and everything about the school. However, I can't see where the Urban Mythe has done anything other than what he is supposed to do. If he was to lie to recruits about other schools or spread rumors that were not tru iot would be one thing, but because he changed a recruits commitment is totally acceptable. IMO, the recruit couldn't have been to committed if he changes his mind..

Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:31 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

this story is growing old, but I just had to respond to MSU78.   He says a verbal is a"contract."   No, it is not.   The kids tell the schools what they want to here; the coaches pressures the kid to make a verbal commit so he does.   That doesnt entitle anyone to anything and doesnt mean that a contract is in place. 
If you survery 100 reasonably educated adults with the question " Is a verbal statement a contract?", the 95 sensible ones will respond "No," and the 5 naive ones will respond "yes."   me personally, i value honesty, but the practice of making "verbals" probably shouldnt be going on to begin with since a letter of intent is the real binding contract.   I understand that you are dissapointed in MSU losing out on Pittman, but you win some and you lose.  they recruiting is like a sausage factory.  You dont really want to see what goes on inside, just the finished product.  Dantonio has probably recruited kids who made "verbals" too.   I doubt that these sorts of aggressive recruiting tactics are as rare a would have yourself believe.

Since: May 26, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:31 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Meyer excels at recruiting, whining, and acting like a dbag.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:29 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

This is a joke because Bielema and D'Antonio are established Big 10 guys and don't like the new guy coming in and ignoring the status quo.  Here is some reality and D'Antonio knows all about it.  At Wisconsin Big 10 Championships are desirable with Rose Bowl trips, at Michigan State bowl trips and winning seasons with an occassional win over arch rival Michigan is acceptable.  At Ohio State the expectations are much greater and even unrealistic as undefeated seasons and national championships are expected annually and if they are not delivered then the heat comes down in Columbus from the local and state press along with the insane boosters.  There is a reason Kirk Herbstreit who is very passionate about his alma mater's football program had to move to Nashville it was because he couldn't report the truth and deal with the 10% of insane Buckeye fans or boosters that are candidates to be locked up.  I graduated from OSU and I know the expectations first hand and Meyer is going to have to meet the expectations or learn to deal with the local Columbus football psychotics. 

Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:28 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Its almost time for Meyer to quit again. He's got an excuse for everything....................

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:25 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Isn't this the same guy who retired because of his health only to come right back?  He is a the Brett Favre of College Coaching!

With that said... What do these coaches think was going to happen?  Players DID NOT sign the letter of intent...No Meyer's fault.. Meyer's job is to go out and get players and that's exactly what he did! 

Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:24 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

This whole thing is a joke...Bielema and Dantonio just need to move on and accept that their committs chose Ohio State over them and move on!

Since: Feb 3, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:23 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

I find it funny that these athletes are continually referred to as verbal "commitments".  If they were so committed, other coaches would not be able to woo them.

Beilema just wants his job to be easier.  I don't know why any recruit would bother verbally committing to a school unless it was to send a message to other schools that you know longer want to take their phone calls, etc.

Now, if a student-athlete complains that he gave his verbal commitment to one school and another school's coach is hounding him then there is an issue.  Otherwise - he's fair game.

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