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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: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:41 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism


Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:39 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

9 others???

did anyone tell coach meyer that there are more than 10 schools in the big 10 now...

Since: Feb 3, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:35 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

"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."

Way to take a shot at all the coaches in the conference coach.  I only recall two who complained.  Have a little class coach!  

Since: Jul 23, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:34 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Lots of crying going on here about the Buckeyes.  Where was this crying when Dantiono was visiting Washingtons house the week before signing day to get him to switch from OSU to MSU?  O thats right, it didn't make the news because Myer didn't cry like a little girl like these guys are. 

Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:31 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Listen, Meyer is an $%#hole, but until these kids sign on the dotted line they are fair game. As long as there are no illegal recruiting tactics these 17 and 18 year old kids are swayed easily. Ultimately classy kids will play for a classy coach. Meyer has no class, so I'm guessing most of his recruits have no honor of word and class. They are where they ought to be, in sh%t hole Ohio. It will all catch up to OSU again. That is if the NCAA grows some balls.

Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:31 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

  Everybody is going to do their best to kick the Bucks while they are down.  Fans of OSU are going to have to expect to take our lumps. People kick you when you are on top and when you have fallen from the top.  OSU also hired a coach in the same position.  So, cast your stones you Spartans, you Badgers, and you Wolverines because if Meyer accomplishes what he's paid to do OSU will laugh last and laugh best and all you will be left with is how 'unethical' Meyer and OSU is because he flipped a couple of players (that had not signed letters of intents) and from schools that probably would have no shot at them in typical years.  

  In addition this is how you compete.  Meyer broke no rules and gentleman agreements are generally among people that don't care to work a little harder.  They agree to continue to be mediocre, something that Meyer and OSU clearly does not accept.  If he breaks rules then come at us with both barrels loaded, if not, just know your pleas of unfairness shall fall on deaf ears.  As they say, go hard or go home.  

Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:28 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

As reported in the Columbus Dispatch over the last week or so Ohio State is able to honor the commitments of every one of these recruits and could even sign another player or two Six of the recruits are already in school and count against last years numbers and they will be at or under the 82 schlorship limit in total. This complaining by some other coach's is sour grapes, football recruits, as any 18 year old might, change their mind and end up a another school all the time, a kid makes a decision and changes his mind. As for a gentlemens agreement, there's a new sherif in town, his name is Urban and he did not make that agreement, get over it

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:28 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

UW football: State's top RB expected to decommit from Iowa, pledge to Badgers

UW football Class of 2011

The 20 players who are known to have given an oral commitment to the University of Wisconsin football program as part of its Class of 2011.


 It looks like University of Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema is about to have even more to be thankful about for this Thanksgiving.

That's because Kenosha Bradford running back Melvin Gordon, one of the top-ranked recruits in the state, is in the process of decommitting from Iowa and is expected to commit to the Badgers.

Gordon, who is listed at 6-foot-2, 195 pounds, was named the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Offensive Player of the Year, with 158 carries for 2,009 yards, an average of 12.7 yards per carry. He also led the state with 38 rushing touchdowns.

Bradford coach Jed Kennedy, when reached on his cell phone Wednesday afternoon, said Gordon did not want to say anything publicly until speaking to the Iowa coaches first.

"He is really thinking hard about his decision and his commitment to Iowa," Kennedy said.

Gordon is quoted in the Kenosha News that staying in Wisconsin has become important to him.

“It had a lot to do with my family,” said Gordon, who can’t sign a National Letter of Intent until Feb. 2. “A lot (of my family) came out to support me this year, and if I go to Wisconsin they can continue to support me, and I’ll be closer to home, too.”

Gordon originally committed to Iowa in August, but raised some eyebrows when he attended UW's victory over Ohio State.

He is expected to take an official visit to UW next week.

According to that chronicled Gordon's initial commitment to Iowa in August, he had scholarship offers from 13 schools including Michigan State, Cincinnati and Tennessee.

Since: Feb 3, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:28 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

These kids make split second decisions based on pressure placed upon them by coaches while on visits (official, unofficial and camps) and commit! Then, they have second thoughts and listen to another coach from another school who may offer a chance to attend a school who the kid feels is a better fit for him and they sign with the second school. Some want to say a verbal is a contract or a promise! Well if these people with superior moral fiber were making a life altering choice and had an opportunity to change their mind in order to make what they thought was a better choice, they would! Now, unless you have had a son go through the constant pressure of an 18 month recruiting season (I have) please don't try to speak with intelligence about the in's and outs of the process. It come out as ignorance! These kids have the ability to change their minds and do so frequently. Good for them! Because once they sign a NLI they are at the mercy of their chosen school for the next 4-5 years. Coaches should and do have the right to offer a kid choices right up until they sign with their chosen school. There was a comment about the B1G being about "Education' rather than Football. The B1G has great institutions of higher learning, but there isn't one Football Coach moonlighting as an English Prof. at any of them. Coaches coach and Professor's teach! The coach is there to put the best team on the field he can and WIN! It seems some are just getting mad because they can't keep up! I'm not a B1G or an SEC fan, however, it seems Coach Alaverez has stated he wouldn't be speaking to the commissioner. Translation= Hey Brett, get off your fat butt and get to work! I love college football!

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:25 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

took me a bit - Bert Beilema doing the same thing with IOWA commit Melvin Gordon - Who Verballed to  IOWA  and then was recruited away to Wisky....

but its ok guys Gentlemens agreement

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