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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 24, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2012 9:08 am

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

have fun losin to osu for another decade starting in nov 2012

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 9:02 am

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Urban Liar has thin skin.  This snake in the grass may be in compliance, but I would question his comment that he and his staff have been ethical.  One a greasy and oily recuriter, always a greasy and oily recruiter!!!

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 8:39 am

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

The Big 10 will allow these moves, hell, even condone it, due to the fact that Delaney wants the league to become the SEC north. The SEC is riddled with questionable recruiting tactics and outright malice between conference schools. Coach Dantonio and Beliema see this and are trying to become proactive in stemming the "Tide". 

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 8:32 am

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Why is this news worthy?  Commits change in every other conference across the country . . . verbal . . . soft verbal . . . medium interest . . . high interest . . . until the LOI is signed, these teenagers have every right to change their mind.  Every fan nervously knows this.  Bielema's own AD said as much.  I get these HCs are upset and thats understandable . . . but it is not news worthy, its just media stirring up hype.

Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 8:29 am

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

I don't see anything wrong with his recruiting. If he out recruits my team, so be it. We settle it on the field. He will have some good to great teams there, if he stays. We will win some against him and lose some. If people think OSU will dominate the B1G, their wrong. Our team is on the up swing, so is Mich and Wis is still right in the mix and Mich St seems to have turned the corner also. Its no longer the big two and the little eight days. OSU will have its hands full with this conference, for years to come.


Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: February 4, 2012 7:55 am

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Wow! Morals? Ethics? Sportsmanship?  You should invest in a dictionary.  And, a set of NCAA recruiting rules before you speak.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 7:34 am

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Urban Meyer's win-at-all-costs mentality is what is wrong with college football.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 7:25 am

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Urban Meyer is a class his own mind. It is obvious that he can recruit. Some say he can coach. He seemed to have a little trouble with the coaching thing after OC Dan Mullen left for Mississippi State.
He is very good at telling high school kids what they want to hear. He is very good at the rah rah stuff. That used car mentality of his only works for a short time, then he'll have to move on.
Urban Meyer was right where he should have been in his last job, sitting behind a desk, in front of the cameras.
The little stunt he pulled at Florida showed the true Meyer. Did anyone really buy his "health issues" excuse for bailing out on the Florida team twice?  His only issues were between his ears and his inability to tell the truth.
That's the crux of his whole problem. He can't tell the truth. He lies so much that even he believes his lies.
It's unfortunate for a whole lot of top football recruits that he still has a pulpit from which to spew his lying garbage.
It's time the media caught on to his act.
It's time the media stopped being duped by his used car salesman act.     &

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 12:27 am

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

I used to think Meyer was an excellent coach- until his stupid drama at UF and his lies and corruption came out.  Now, I just think he's an idiot- maybe even a bigger one than the rest of the idiots involved with college football- with the dumbest system Sports has ever created in ALL ways

Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:51 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Well yeah the world is money hungry. If i had a superstar kid that everyone wants i most likely would say no to the corrupt ways and turn down the money and the near future stardom of my child and allow him/her to excell in academics so they could work their tails off to barely get by............................. Nah im just kidding, I am most certain i would be bought off as i yell and shout SHOW ME THE MONEYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!

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