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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 3, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:31 am
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

This is so stupid on the Big Ten's part. What I think is funny is the quote that Bielema had. It was something like "We here in the Big Ten don't want to be anything like the SEC in any way, shape, or form." And then we wonder why the Big Ten struggles to compete in bowl games with SEC teams! That's embarrassing. Urban Meyer just impacted the entire conference. Because now they can't win their own conference without conforming. Which will help them in bowl games. I think it's funny also that you don't hear the Buckeyes biggest rival complaining either. As a Buckeye fan, I can at least hand it to Hoke and the Wolverines on that. The guys hadn't signed the paper yet. Until the ink is on the dotted line, anyone is fair game. Who cares who they verbally "committed" to before. Until they actually sign the piece of paper theyr'e fair game for anyone in the country, including who they supposedly "committed" to. It's plain and simple: suck it up and conform, or lose.



Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:29 am
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

A verbal commitment is a contract (yes, it is unenforceable, but it is a contract none-the-less), or in more practical terms, a promise. Calling a kid and sweet-talking that kid into breaking a promise is immoral and unethical.
The other side of the coin is "sweet talking" kids to make a verbal commitment when they haven't finished the recruiting process yet. The SEC is not the only conference who recruits kids who are already committted elsewhere. This happens is every major conference(except from apparently the Big 10). Until a kid faxes in their LOI they are fair game. If it is anyone's fault it is the kids (and therefore their parents') fault for verbally committing too soon.



Since: Feb 3, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:29 am
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

I'd be embarrassed if Bielema was the coach of my favorite team.  What a whiny, pathetic, fool.  Keep crying little Bretty-boy and show the nation what a laughable excuse of a man you are.  Didn't break any rules, but it's not fair.   Whaaa whaaa whaaa.  The hypocrite blows out bad teams and then cries when someone does it to his team.  Cry me a river, baby.



Since: Feb 3, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:29 am
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

This is so stupid on the Big Ten's part. What I think is funny is the quote that Bielema had. It was something like "We here in the Big Ten don't want to be anything like the SEC in any way, shape, or form." And then we wonder why the Big Ten struggles to compete in bowl games with SEC teams! That's embarrassing. Urban Meyer just impacted the entire conference. Because now they can't win their own conference without conforming. Which will help them in bowl games. I think it's funny also that you don't hear the Buckeyes biggest rival complaining either. As a Buckeye fan, I can at least hand it to Hoke and the Wolverines on that. The guys hadn't signed the paper yet. Until the ink is on the dotted line, anyone is fair game. Who cares who they verbally "committed" to before. Until they actually sign the piece of paper theyr'e fair game for anyone in the country, including who they supposedly "committed" to. It's plain and simple: suck it up and conform, or lose.



Since: Mar 17, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:28 am
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

 The is EXACTLY what Darth Meyer did. He "called and asked." (His own words.) Pittman did not call Meyer.
Usually when recruiting the coach calls the player, I could be wrong because I am not a coach but I am pretty sure this is a normal thing.


Now on the whole Meyer "stealing" verbal commits. When they are just verbal commits nothing has been signed. Recruits change their mind all the time. Has anyone ever thought about hey maybe these players wanted to go to OSU originally but there were tons of unanswerd questions, but now that they have answers and OSU looks like it will not only survive but strive, these players change their minds and want to see what it is like at OSU. They visit and talk to their coach (who obviously is going to try and persuade them to go here, it is his job) and they talk to their parents. However, the most important thing is that they come to the conclusion that OSU is a bigger school than any other in the big 10 (sports wise.) And if they want to make a career out of football they have a better chance of getting noticed and talked about playing at OSU than at the other school.



Since: Jun 30, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:27 am
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

He never was one of you guys. He's an Ohio boy and was waiting for shot to ditch you guys to come home. He was coach at BGSU when i attended there and that was 2 jobs before UF. Stop whining.



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:27 am
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

U tell um Urban........  Now go get your shine box!



Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:27 am
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

I do know that Dantonio recruited Dodson while he was committed to Wisconsin!
Really? Where are the facts that support this statement? Dantonio started recruiting Dodson back in April 2011. That Dodson went on an official vist to MSU in January 2012 after Dodson was officially targeted by Darth Meyers in December is all there is.



Since: Feb 3, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:26 am
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

This is so stupid on the Big Ten's part. What I think is funny is the quote that Bielema had. It was something like "We here in the Big Ten don't want to be anything like the SEC in any way, shape, or form." And then we wonder why the Big Ten struggles to compete in bowl games with SEC teams! That's embarrassing. Urban Meyer just impacted the entire conference. Because now they can't win their own conference without conforming. Which will help them in bowl games. I think it's funny also that you don't hear the Buckeyes biggest rival complaining either. As a Buckeye fan, I can at least hand it to Hoke and the Wolverines on that. The guys hadn't signed the paper yet. Until the ink is on the dotted line, anyone is fair game. Who cares who they verbally "committed" to before. Until they actually sign the piece of paper theyr'e fair game for anyone in the country, including who they supposedly "committed" to. Suck it up and conform morons.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:26 am
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

@ SergioP38 from your comment.....I love the dig at Michigan on their campus version of the 2012 schedule. Let the games begin! 

I am still trying to figure out why that is a big deal and how it is a dig?  "That team up North"...oh man what a diss!

Lets break it down....North = Up    Up = Above    Therefore, you get 'that team above us'.  You can include that school above us, those students above us, the graduates above us.  Yep that about fits!!!



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