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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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tipinmy40
Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:55 am
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Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:54 am
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Isn't this about morals, ethics and legalalities? I've read every blog entry Mr. Fornelli has entered on this subject and all the posts that go along with them. What the hell is going on with people? Meyer comes in late and is behind on recruiting... what does he do? He does just as a desperate, fraudlent ponzi schemer would do... Works the system to his advantage and steals from others! I always respected Meyer for the way he seemed to stand for the morals and ethics in college football. He quit partly because of the way things were going in college football, especially in the SEC. He even went to the NCAA to discuss his displeasure. Now this, and he has the gall to tell the other B1G coaches to work harder. What a hypocrite! There is no reason Meyer couldn't have done the ethical thing and played with the hand he was dealt. Then next year show the other B1G coaches how to recruit as a former champion would... using his name, power and reputatuion to do it morally and ethically correct. The Urban Meyer that I know would never condone his engaged daughter to play around with other men while her fiance is away just because the marriage license isn't signed yet. Well, now, I'm not so sure. To use the new buzz word everyone likes to use... Meyer is the real D-bag and quite possibly one of the biggest hypocrites CFB will ever see.

To TheRoo, Mr. Fornelli and all the other d-bags who condone this activity and live in our new reality driven world... get a clue! Picking people off, one by one for your own gain and to be driven by winning and the almighty dollar is not the way to live your life. Some day you will realize it when you're pulling something painful  from where the sun don't shine.     



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:54 am
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

I have no problem with Meyer getting recruits on that last day, i agree that's how the game is played right up until the pen meets the paper.  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.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:50 am
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Exactly Redwings1969.  Three of the top 5 DE's do not end up at the same school without there being some money involved right then. These players are 5 star recruits, in otherwords the odds are very great that they would go to the NFL someday. Why would any player go somewhere knowing there is a chance they would be a bench player instead of a starter their freshman year? Especially one that has pro expectations? Oh there was plenty of money involved and it will come back to haunt OSU real soon.

You can only believe that if you believe these "paid" players are incredibly stupid or that Ohio State is paying them more in the next 4 years than they would be able to make in an NFL career.  The money to go to Ohio State would have to at least be enough to make you take the risk of not being in the NFL and that kind of money would leave way to big a trail to hide.  I am not an OSU fan, but if you're going to make allegations like this then lets see some proof.



Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:50 am
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Fair game, but not fair play. Let the range war commence. I wonder how well Darth Meyer will fare once the other 11 coaches adapt his tactics and start actively poaching him.
I'm sure he will do just fine.



Since: Nov 13, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:50 am
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Flippin' Haters. Your comments are laughable.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:49 am
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Come to Ohio State! Where there's a 15% chance you will be playing on Sundays and a 80% chance you won't graduate.

Come to Ohio State, either you will be good enough for the NFL or you will end up indigent laying in a street gutter after Meyer kicks you off the team and takes away your scholarship to make room for someone else.




Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:48 am
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

please dont comment again you sound stupid.. everyone knows what it means to say Up North.




Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:48 am
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

What a bunch of whiners.

Man up and play to the final whistle.  A "verbal commitment" doesn't mean squat.  That's why Feb. 1st is signing day.  A kid isn't contractually obligated until the LOI is faxed in. 



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:46 am
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

OSU signed more players then they have available scholarships spots, this is because Meyer plays dirty and they show NO LOYALTY to all the players currently on the team... He will kick several players off the team to make room for higher ranked players. LSU and Alabama does this too, they use players, chew them up and spit them out compared to some schools that honor their commitment to a kids future and give him the ability to graduate with a degree even if they aren't good enough for the NFL, this is why some of these dirty programs have such a terrible graduation rate. It's a dirty business for some schools like OSU and it doesn't paint a pretty picture of Meyer.



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