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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: Mar 7, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:38 am

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

You have to be a gentleman to have an agreement and Meyer is definitely not that!! This is coming from an assclown that a year ago railed against college football.  What has changed since his rant to cause him to want to get back in bed with the same organization that supposedly caused him so many health problems?  NOTHING!!  So shut your mouth Urban because everytime you open it, you expose yourself for the hypocrite that you really are!!  Had enough women's volleyball yet?

Since: Feb 3, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:37 am

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Really???  A new coach can't reach out to recruits in his own state?  He never had a chance to recruit them.

PS - Dantonio came after OSU commits Adolphus Washington and Wisconsin commit Kyle Dodson just this year.  The difference is Dantonio couldn't woo either of them.  But don't let facts get in the way of your point of view.

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:36 am

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Melvin Gordon - Iowa Commit - then switches to Wisky

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:35 am

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Great Michigan education there.

North does not = up
North is a cardinal direction, which means it does not measure "up" or "down". If you were to move "up" or "above" your current location you would not be going north, but simply staying in the same location but moving higher in the air.

BTW, Ohio is a totally different school--so while we avoid saying your team's name, you are simply confused and refer to the wrong school. 

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:35 am

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Common thread between Miles, Saben and Meyers, they never stay at the same school long

Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:35 am

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

The other side of the coin is "sweet talking" kids to make a verbal commitment when they haven't finished the recruiting process yet.
Both Pittman and Dodson had been under verbal commitments for  over 5 months before being seduced by Darth Meyer. They both had plenty of time to shrug off the "sweet talking." Pittman had made many comments about loving MSU and really, really looking forward to playing for Dantonio according to reported tweets and facebook posting.

Were they not hpaay with the recruiting process, they could have backed out. That Meyer CALLED THEM is what is wrong. Had either called OSU and asked, that would have been alright.

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 doubt the other 11 will shrug  off their personal honor and ethics and lower themselves down to Meyer's level.     

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:33 am

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

However, he is a hell of a coach and a master recruiter.  That was the perfect  for Ohio and I hope he keeps them on the straight and narrow so not to tarnish the University any further.  Michigan OSU is the greatest rivalry in sports and both sides need to be at full strength....and clean!

Please don't tell me anything in the NCAA these days is "clean" !  If you honestly believe that all Meyer and many other coaches and recruiters in the NCAA do is "recruit" then you're nuts.  The NCAA has become about as dirty as it can be.  These top recruits aren't changing their minds because somebody working for Meyer approached them.  They could have approached Ohio State or anybody else they wanted to approach before "committing" to MSU or anybody else.   The recruits changed their minds because recruits get bribed on a daily basis in NCAA football.  Agents get bribed and so do the families of these kids.   Anybody that believes this doesn't happen on a regular basis is living in a bubble and really needs to explore the outside world, learn a little. 

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:33 am

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Some of the greatest football coaches ever never had to go after another schools recruits, why is it Meyers, Miles, and Saben do??? Heck even as much of a scum bag Lane Kiffin is he does not go after recruits that have committed to another school unless those commits contact him first with an interest. 

Since: Jul 2, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:32 am

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

urban meyer did exactly what michigan state tried to do to him-convince pittman to change from ohio state back to m state-michigan comes in and takes kalis who was committed for a year to ohio state-then they tried to get briotte dunn to go to michigan-listen all of thes guys were doing the same thing. it stinks when a players change on the last day-like dodson did-but that is how the game is played-quit complainig about how meyer does it-when every one does it to

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:31 am

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

As hard as it was to lose Jim Tressel, we Ohio State fans could not be happier.  Bring it on!  Cool

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