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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: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:47 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

so it just means , morals, ethics and sportmanship is all off the table.
really classless. to go after a committed 18 yr old is sad. u had your chance before the kid commited.

what a ass.

Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:44 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

It looks like the national championship will be back in the great state of Ohio. I have to say i hated Meyer while he was coaching in Florida but, what can i say a change of outfit sure changes my mind. Lets Go OSU. See you all in the Horseshoe!!!!!

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:42 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Urban did nothing wrong here....he is as dirty as they come will break any rule, play criminals if they help him win, will cover up anything, win at all costs regardless of ethics and morals....perfect for the SEC, Ohio St, Oregon, Miami, Florida St, Nebraska and any Texas program....but he did nothing wrong here, folks are cry babies in the little 10

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:34 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

God, I never knew the Big 10 was such a conference full of crybabies and whiners. Wah=wah...the SEC is sleazy..wah-wah...Urban Meyer stole our recruits. Just shut up and play! The Big 12 and Pac 12 aren't crying, and the Big east...well, the Big East isn't relevant anymore. 

Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:16 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

A lot of whining going on. If he did something wrong he will eventually get caught. Listen, schools win some and lose some in recruiting, get over it and try to do a better job next year. SC loses quality players yearly and you don't hear us whining.

Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:16 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

First, it was Michigan State, not Michigan, doing the whining. Brady Hoke was interviewed after this commotion arrose and stated that there is no gentlemens agreement and every prospect is fair game until he signs that LOI.

Second, Les Miles came out and blasted Gunner Kiel for switching his commit to Notre Dame at a recent LSU rally event. That was big time sour grapes right there.

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:14 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

You sound so ignorant.  He did not cheat moron.  Until a kid signs on the dotted line... ANY school can approach him and recruit him.  Michigan and Wisconsin are simply whining because they didn't get the kid to sign yet.
I didn't hear other schools crying when the QB prospect changed his mind and singned with Notre Dame at the last minute.

The Big 10 is gong to need to step up their game or Urban Meyer is going to destroy them... LEGALLY

Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:13 pm
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:12 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Anybody that doesn't believe Ohio State is one of the most corrupt schools in NCAA history has holes in their head.  They have cheated for a very long time and that will never stop.  It's not JUST Ohio State though, it's basically any school that's had a lot of success the last 20 years that cheats.  They buy these kids....  kids don't miraculously just change their mind like that, they get bought.  Complete families get bought all the time, we just don't hear about it

Since: Jul 23, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:06 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Until a person signs on the dotted line there's no contract.  That applies to buying a car, a home and certainly to kids making verbal commitments to play for a scholarship.  If the NCAA wants to turn these commitments into a two-way binding agreement it needs to change the rules and let kids sign whenever the spirit moves them.  They are committed to play; the school with which they signed is committed to provide a scholarship.  Done deal.  Until that time that a contract is signed the athlete can change his mind and the school, at the risk of damaging its reputation, can renege.  Urban Meyer is a high profile coach who went to a high profile college that badly stubbed its toe.  Bringing the two together seems to have righted the wrongs in the eyes of these high school seniors who project happy days ahead.  Thus 9 of them apparently opted to pass up their first love for Ohio State.  To think that Meyer should have said no, to think that Meyer would not say hey, give us a look, I'm here now and good things loom on the horizon is rather foolish.  Certainly fans who lost players can feel disappointed but it happens everywhere.  College sports recruiting, particularly football and basketball, is not a genteel affair.  Whether you like him or hate him, Urban Meyer plays hardball when it comes to recruiting and what he does is within the rules. Gentlemen's agreements can be damned. 

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