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Barry Alvarez: Recruiting is 'open season'

Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:04 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

It doesn't sound like Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez is as concerned about Urban Meyer's recruiting tactics the way his own head coach and others in the Big Ten seem to be.

Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema, along with Michigan State's Mark Dantonio, made it clear that they were not fans of the way Urban Meyer had conducted himself during his first recruiting season with Ohio State. Specifically the way Meyer recruited players that had previously given commitments to other Big Ten schools, including Wisconsin and Michigan State.

Bielema also said on Thursday Barry Alvarez would be talking to Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany about Meyer when the two met. While that conversation may still happen, if you listen to what Alvarez told ESPN's Joe Schad on Friday, it doesn't sound like he's going to be asking Delany to make Meyer change his habits.

"Urban was very aggressive but there is no pact within the conference not to continue to recruit," Alvarez told Schad in regards to the supposed "gentleman's agreement" amongst Big Ten coaches. "Open season." 

Which makes it sound like if Bielema doesn't want Meyer coming around his recruits, he's just going to have to work even harder to make sure those recruits come to play at Wisconsin, not Ohio State.

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Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2012 8:37 am

Barry Alvarez: Recruiting is 'open season'

Kalis chose Michigan,  I guess that answers that!!!

Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2012 12:24 am

Barry Alvarez: Recruiting is 'open season'

hahaha  shoes on the other foot this year!  Once Barry leaves Wisconsin the ENTIRE program drops!  MSU? Coach is pissed because he did not get the Ohio State job.  Think about it, your 17-18, (no school name) and you have Coach Urban Meyer, Coach Choke, Coach Brent Bielema, and Coach Mark Dantonio recruiting you.  Which coach do you choose?  Enough said.  

Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:19 pm

Barry Alvarez: Recruiting is 'open season'

What these other Coaches have done even before Urban has Coached a game,is make him bigger than he already is.Your Teams are Beat already.A good friend of mine was covering Michigan signing Day last week,and he had a set down With Hoke,Hoke admited to  him that Michigan doesn't get the kind of kids that Ohio State does,and will never be able to do that.Like i said half these Coaches that are complaining about Urban are already beat.These Coaches are scared to Death of him already.

Since: Dec 25, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 7:34 pm

Barry Alvarez: Recruiting is 'open season'

His shady ways will soon come back and bite him in the tressell

Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 3:21 pm

Barry Alvarez: Recruiting is 'open season'

Isn't this a non story yet?   Even a rival AD said he did nothing wrong.

Since: May 9, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:33 am

Barry Alvarez: Recruiting is 'open season'

The state of Ohio plays the best high school football in the north. So they will always get great recruits.

Since: May 9, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:27 am

Barry Alvarez: Recruiting is 'open season'

Ohio State is always going to be one of the top teams for recruits and in the Big Ten. The major reason being is that it is one of the few northern and Big Ten states that plays great high school football, daaaaaaaa.

Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:36 am

Barry Alvarez: Recruiting is 'open season'

First, this is not Coach Meyer's issue. IT is an Ohio State issue. Ohio State has a lot of sway with the NCAA. There is no other way to explain all the scandals they have had over the past ten years with only a wrist slap by the NCAA to show for it. The NCAA bows to Commissioner Delany (Big 10, 11,12), the Chancellors and the SEC because they know where the bread gets buttered in the end. The big schools pay the tariff for the compliance folks at the NCAA. And yes, every once in awhile, the NCAA needs to slap a wrist. The whole NCAA investigative process wreaks of conflict, but let's not talk about financial incentives. The fan pays in the end and the players are not learning what they need to learn in the business world. Good luck taking kickbacks and bribes in the new world economy after your education fellas. You will find yourself unemployed or in jail if you think that can work in the business world these days.

The NCAA cannot be effective as an organization so long as they are financially tied to universities that pay their freight. It's a conundrum of sorts and the compliance and enforcement function needs to be re-vamped completely for transparency purposes if for nothing else. The problem is that many of the boosters for these universities are employed by the big six accounting firms that also have an interest in keeping their respective schools "clean" so to speak. But I digress.

With respect to recruiting, it would be my recommendation that all athletes have an opportunity to sign a letter of intent to a school at three different times in their high school careers. The first signing period woud be at the beginning of their junior year in high school (Aug/Sept). The second signing period would take place at the end of their junior year in high school (June/July) with the third period coming on the first Wednesday in February following their senior football season (February). By doing it this way, there will be a premium on coaching evaluation and will diminish last minute changes without reason. Once signed, the player cannot opt out unless there is a coaching change at his respective school. The school cannot opt out if they made a mistake on the talent or if there was an injury. This system would push the high school athlete to perform academically because a university would not want to waste a scholarship on an athlete that may not qualify. This system would reward players for performing academically first, followed by academic prowess.

We would not see the used car salesman tactics of Urban Meyer or any of the other sleazy coaches who use "outworked and out hustled the competitors" any more. No more arm twisting and manipulations. OF course those who exploit the kids, will be exploited at some point in their lives or shortly thereafter. The coaches have to believe the crap they are selling recruits or they will be ineffective. It is a vicious cycle. Athletes, start to control the process. Get your academics straight and be able to sign early. That will cut out the last minute sleazy tactics of some coaches.     

Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:23 am

Barry Alvarez: Recruiting is 'open season'

Just deal with it.

Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2012 9:29 pm

Barry Alvarez: Recruiting is 'open season'

If these 2 kids that flipped were not from Ohio then I could see a little frustration.  But these 2 wanted to play for a quality head coach and in state.  And if anyone thinks that OSU will not be better next year and lose to MSU and Michigan you just might be as stupid as you seem.  This team will be a 2 loss team at worst and it will not be to the Michigan schools.  God your dumb!!

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