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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: Jun 4, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:07 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Obviously these two were not very committed to begin with. They are both Ohio players anyway.



Since: May 3, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:07 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

The other coaches just need to setup a Tattoo shop during visits like OSU does. Give them a couple cars and stuff. It's not rocket science peeps!




Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:05 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: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:03 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

. the difference is most coaches do not go visiting players that have committed to another college.
The point is that A LOT do from every conference. Visits and phone calls to committed players are VERY common in every conference. If you follow recruiting very closely you see it all the time. Some times it helps your school, sometimes it hurts your school.



Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:59 am
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Meyer did stab several of his current players in the back though, because they signed more recruits then they have scholarship slots, so several of the players Ohio State made a commitment to will be kicked off the team and out of school because they will no longer have tuition paid.  It's just dirty business to do things that way.
This stood out to me too because Meyer never did this at Florida. Gray-shirting is perfectly legal. It doesn't usually mean that kids are kicked off the team or out of school, but they do often have to pay their way and maybe a play a year on the practice squad. I think it is fair for Meyer to assume that he will be losing some players to transfer, he may know who they are already, maybe not. It is the norm to have an unusually high number of transfers the first year a new coach comes into any school. That said, it does raise questions about oversigning. As you said it is done frequently by some other schools, but is pretty rotten.



Since: Jan 20, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:58 am
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

We all know what a lying university Ohio State was pre-Meyer, but I have to agree with him on this. Get over it. Until someone signs on the dotted line they are not married. Let a kid change his mind if they so choose. Maybe they just realized the person they were engaged to qwasn't good enough for them.



Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:58 am
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

The answer is in the article...."gentlemen's agreement".....that's all the language needed here....it means nothing Meyer did nothing wrong and the other coaches while understandably upset.....dropped the ball and what is the big ten going to say to Urban.....like one poster wrote I'd like to know how many players on MSU and WISC had previously committed to other schools.....and if the assistants were the ones staying in contact it's the same exact thing.....hypocrites!!!!!!  and by the way...I can't stand urban meyer



Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:57 am
 

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: Nov 22, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:57 am
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Meyer has essentially opened the door for a giant pissing match in the B1G. He is within his rights (thechnically) to do so, but it doesn't make it ethical. This is par for the course for tOSU though. Badger fans seem to be split down the middle with their opinion of Bielema. I like him; he has done a pretty decent job recruiting and experienced a lot of success as a result (IMO). A bit cocky? SUre, but what football coach isn't? I gues one could call pulling your starters early in the 2nd half and letting your 2nd & 3rd stringers walk the ball into the endzone "running up the score." I wouldn't though. If they were really trying to impress the BSC (running up the score) they would leave their starters in for the whole game. Monte Ball would have broke Barry Sanders record had they done so. UW's biggest pitfall this year was a lack of defense (and dumping a game to a down tOSU team). Their stats say otherwise, but that is all due to a gravy NC schedule.




Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:56 am
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

ol ball coach ... the difference is most coaches do not go visiting players that have committed to another college.  Meyer, Miles and Saben do not care they go visit and try to get them to change. The list you provided from SI also included a story you failed to post, they were showing the history of certain coaches that go after other players while they are committed to other schools. Odd you see most on your list are SEC related.


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