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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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osubucki1
Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:06 pm
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tipinmy40
Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 7:54 pm
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Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 7:49 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Guess The Ohio State University offered to pay for discounted tats...but besides that when  lot of those boys are benchwarming a couple of years from now we'll see how the tats for scholarships at the taxpayers school goes,

Osubucki:

Funny coming from a school where their coaches are better known for playing w/ little boys then anything else.





Hating on an entire school because of one sadistic psychopath is just one person's sad, sad set of priorities.  Shame that the internet allows these unfortunate opinions to surface...




Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 7:44 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

It's not overecruiting that is the issue, it's the second set of rules that exist for slime balls like Meyer while having your own gene smith decide your fate with the NCAA. The lunatics ran the asylum and let osu off. With that mandate it should be no surprise that scumbag urban is cheating while sounding incredulous that anyone would dare question him. Then again, he never saw a criminal he didn't like or try and recruit, so.....bottom line is Meyer is a disgrace to athletics who cares only about winning. Perfect fit for osu but a stain to good people.



Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 7:31 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Funny seeing fans of Michigan, Michigan State, and Wisconsin complaining about over-recruiting. The NCAA limit on scholarships is 85. 
Michigan will be sitting close to 110. Splitting scholarships, in-state tuition and financial aid packages probably make up the rest. Michigan State will come in close to 115. Wisconsin will be right around 110. Nebraska will also be around 115. Even Northwestern will come in well over 100.

Generally, national championship schools have 105 kids on scholarship. Which made LSU's run with 91 scholarships quite impressive.

Schools faced with investigation usually enforce standards a little more fully. I'd suspect that the 28 arrests while meyer was at Florida had that affect. Florida had 72 scholarship kids. Tennessee post-kiffen 98. 

Alabama had 115 kids last year. 40 scholarships on linemen alone next year.
Stanford's sudden rise to prominence - check the numbers, they're closing on 120. Florida State's rebirth - try two classes of 30 and 115+ scholarships. 

Now your chances of a 100% grad rate are a lot better with 85 recruits expected to meet the same standards as your general student population. 

That 85 with standards doesn't happen often. That 100% grad rate won't get you to a major bowl. 

Look at bowl performance too, conferences with lower numbers are less likely to win than conferences with higher numbers. The ACC is speckled with teams with around 80 scholarships. The Big East has several, but West Virginia and Virginia Tech are much higher than the rest of those conferences. North Carolina and Florida State are surging. 

In the interest of a truly equitable system - 85 scholarships - period. no games, no splitting. best team wins. 
It would increase parity. Top athletes would have fewer choices of schools to go to. It would probably benefit academics. Schools would put more toward graduating kids on time. It would level the playing field and show who the better coaches really are. 

And it would give players a better chance to truly showcase their talents for their future jobs. 

So it's the right thing to do. So is a playoff system. 

That won't happen either. 

Oh and schools adhering to 85 - better drop those standards and offer early to that top tier talent. It's nearly impossible to compete from there. And once you stop competing well the top tier talent will go ride the bench somewhere else. 
 


osubucki1
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Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 7:20 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Guess The Ohio State University offered to pay for discounted tats...but besides that when  lot of those boys are benchwarming a couple of years from now we'll see how the tats for scholarships at the taxpayers school goes,



Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 7:05 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

dasportsbog, And how bout you explain to me how Urban bent the rules on this one!! I am not aware of a rule that states you cannot go get a recruit who has only given a verbal commitment to another school. And then you go on to say his coaching skills will not get the job done, he has to go out and get good players. Well i am certainly glad you are explaining to all of us that you have to have good players to win. Imagine that. The simple fact of the matter is that Urban has won wherever he has been and i don't see that changing anytime soon. The man can coach and if the rest of the Big10 wants to stay complacent he will make them pay for it.


osubucki1
Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 6:58 pm
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