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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: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 8:20 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Urban Meyer is the new Honey Badger. He doesn't give a $#%@.



Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 3:45 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Just like Nebraska, Urban Meyer will find the Big Ten is tougher than he thinks.  Unlike the SEC, where they all do it, Urban Liar will be called-out for his greasy, slimey recruiting tactics!!! 



Since: Aug 17, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 3:33 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

He's going to own that weak conference. Going from the sec meat grinder to the big 10 cupcakes is the reason he will be able to come back and not be as stressed. Hasn't even coached a game and they are all whining. Total joke.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:40 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Ohio State had 5 player who traded thier OWN stuff! Again if you didnt hear that thier OWN stuff for tattoos. They didnt do anything to deserve electronic bracelets. You have an USC booster that gave a players parents something like a half million dollar house to play at USC and then there was the Miami booster that supplied prostitutes, drugs and alcohol to players. I have yet to hear anything about OSU doing anything like that. These players were already playing at OSU. Its not like boosters gave them stuff to play at OSU.   

See, that's the problem with OSU fans, you aren't honest with yourselves or anybody else on these boards.  If you were, you would gain the respect of others and everything would be just fine.  Do you HONESTLY believe OSU players have never been bribed by boosters to play at OSU?  Forget what you've read or heard or didn't read or didn't hear, use your head for a second. 

You mention the trading of their "own" stuff for tattoos like it's nothing, when in reality you're covering up or ignoring something very important.  The people these players were connected to were not good people... terrible people, scumbags actually.  You don't see how trading merchandise with scumbags for services can create a problem for schools and NCAA sports?  You don't see the corruption that could arise if the NCAA allows things like that to go on?

You're probably one of those people that believes athletes should be able to do anything they want off the field.  Beat their wives, drink and drive, take the odd toke here and there, whatever they want is fine with you as long as it doesn't happen on the field.  NCAA football is a big business, they can't allow crap to go on and just continue with their day to day business, it doesn't work like that.

 



Since: Aug 24, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:59 am
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

The Big Ten will never be the same with Meyer as a head coach in the Big Ten, and not for the better I might add.  Just ask coaches and recruiters in the south what they think of him.  You think Saban and Miles are bad?  Meyer's may be worse.

Too funny! If the object of the game is to win the crystal ball, then how can you say Saban and Miles are bad? I am of the school that believes you Meyer doubter/haters are speaking from fear - you know Meyer is going to raise the bar BIG TIME and embarass or leave behind those programs that whine instead of changing for the better. To a man, the best atheletes want to play for the most successfull coach and agaisnt the best competitors. They strive for perfection and being tested is just a part of the process. You either accept that, move out of the way or be run over by MUCH NEEDED change in your conference(s). 

As an avid Alabama fan I sorely miss Meyer at Florida. Though I am happy for OSU in getting him and look forward to seeing exactly how high he will take them beyond simply restoring thier tradition. I think the only motive or challenge left for Saban or Meyer is to be the best at a program with deep history - can you imagine a coach winning more at Alabama than the Bear..??? 

Frankly, I long for the time when storied programs have thier traditions "righted" and reclaimed - and Meyer to OSU is a step in that direction.


Roll Tide, Roll!!



Since: Oct 8, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:21 am
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Nick Saban ran Meyer out of the SEC, and Meyer knew OSU was was practically an SEC prograqm (in terms of fan fanaticism and style of play).  Other coaches in the Big-10 are disguising Meyer's recruiting methods as "illegal" and "unethical" (not true and a fantasy in big-time college football).  Meyer coming to OSU is comparable to Saban coming to Alabama.  Get a great coach at the right program, and success will follow.  Meyer and OSU have put the rest of the conference on notice...."get your ass in gear or get run over".

Just to add a few other things...anyone who brings academics into any discussion of big-time college football immediately loses all credibility as a college football fan simply on the basis that any true CFG fan has always known how the system works.  The truly "elite" programs are self sustaining and will always get the big TV money and better recruits.  Is it fair? Of course its not, but that's the way the system works. 

I admit that I'm a hardcors Bama fan, and remained so during the humiliating period before Saban arrived.  Its a fact that any coach or any team which starts to dominate their sport for an extended period period of time will eventually be attacked and accused of cheating (whether true or not).  The SEC does not cheat.  They may find "loopholes" in existing rules.  This is an example of the term "due dilligence".  Meyer learned from his time in the SEC that you learn and know the rules, and as long as you stay within them you do what you have to.  Coaches in the Big-10 who claim "righteous indignation" are totally full of BS.  If I were another Big-10 coach or AD, I would welcome Meyer as an example of someone who will raise Big-10 standards and force other programs to either follow or fall.





Since: Feb 5, 2012
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:53 am
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Not suprised by this comment at all coming from a whining "team up north" fan. I'm a proud OSU fan and have read and responded to hundreds of these "hater" posts. Your right the BIG wont be the same with meyer, it will be better! Look at all the attention now! When OSU starts beating SEC teams, they will get national recognition as will the BIG! Maybe then, the conference as a whole will bring in better recruits. You want to know what other coaches and recruiters think of him? If they are honest they will say he is without question one of the best! Saban and miles bad?? Wow! You mean the saban with 3 NC's???? Miles has his NC too!! Meyer?? Yeah 2 of 'em!! How many is that combined between the three coaches you "think" are bad?? Other BIG coaches need to get it together instead of crying about POTENTIAL recruits who in the end, just didn't want to play for them!! The SEC is the best conference no doubt and all they do is win championships! ATTENTION BIG COACHES and all the haters: you can learn a thing or two from urban meyer. Oh, and all the "team up north" fans, stop hating and being jealous (maybe cause our recruiting class is ranked better than yours???) because you would have taken urban meyer and his 2 NC's, 1st class recruiting, and all he would bring there if he had asked to coach michigan BEFORE hoke came along! Wouldn't you have? Thats a no brainer. If you happen to say no, well your lying and still in denial about how good OSU will be in the very near future.



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 10:16 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Urban Meyer has brought some rough and tumble tactics in regards to recruiting that may be true.  What remains to be seen is if he can keep the Suckeyes in the classroom and out of the pawn shops and tattoo parlors.  The entire B1G knows if there is one university among them that is prone to impropriety, it's Ohio.  I have a feeling there's some electronic bracelets about to be issued in the state of Ohio over the next few years. 

Ohio State had 5 player who traded thier OWN stuff! Again if you didnt hear that thier OWN stuff for tattoos. They didnt do anything to deserve electronic bracelets. You have an USC booster that gave a players parents something like a half million dollar house to play at USC and then there was the Miami booster that supplied prostitutes, drugs and alcohol to players. I have yet to hear anything about OSU doing anything like that. These players were already playing at OSU. Its not like boosters gave them stuff to play at OSU.   
      
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Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2012 9:38 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

What a strange deal to have Div 1 coaches crying like there was a huge deal.  These kids live in Ohio and wanted to play for a top coach.  Sounds to me like it was an easy thing to do and I doubt the kids parents helped in any way.  Please, its their future let them decide what they would like to do.  Wisc needs new material there deal with it mentality is stupid and getting old. 



Since: Aug 31, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2012 7:25 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Urban Meyer has brought some rough and tumble tactics in regards to recruiting that may be true.  What remains to be seen is if he can keep the Suckeyes in the classroom and out of the pawn shops and tattoo parlors.  The entire B1G knows if there is one university among them that is prone to impropriety, it's Ohio.  I have a feeling there's some electronic bracelets about to be issued in the state of Ohio over the next few years.



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