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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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Comments

Since: Mar 2, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 8:53 am
 

Barry Alvarez: Recruiting is 'open season'

Bielema should concentrate on generating excitement for high school football in Wisconsin so he can have a more fertile recruiting base in his own state, instead of whining about how a coach recruits in his own back yard.  Ohio has great recruiting because Paul Brown and Woody Hayes took the time to generate a love for football.  Wisconsin could do it if it would get its people to get their noses out of hockey, wrestling, and cheese long enough to embrace football.




Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2012 6:32 am
 

Barry Alvarez: Recruiting is 'open season'

Alvarez needs to have a chat with the Big 10 whiners and let them know that if they want to play up to SEC standards, then they need to recuit that way. 



Since: Oct 29, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2012 1:41 am
 

Barry Alvarez: Recruiting is 'open season'

Actually some schools are now offering multi-year scholarships



Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: February 4, 2012 1:03 am
 

Barry Alvarez: Recruiting is 'open season'

Did Barry just tell his Head FB Coach to go back to your room and develop a new plan? AND to quit acting like a baby?  ;)  lol



Since: Dec 25, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:01 pm
 

Barry Alvarez: Recruiting is 'open season'

You know its out of line when guys like Mark D, ex ohio coaching staff and BA (who never complains) are chiming. LOL! Typical ohio!



Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:47 pm
 

Barry Alvarez: Recruiting is 'open season'

Urban Meyer is awesome !!!! and all the whining will just helphim and OSU land more 4*and 5* players in the future !



Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:33 pm
 

Barry Alvarez: Recruiting is 'open season'

TcFlint....you have no idea what you're talking about,a scholorship is only for one year at a time,not four or more,no school in the nation doesn't release players that don't pan out or fit into their system including your beloved wolverines.....do your homework and you'll see i'm correct.You need to learn and say things the right way....also see what alvarez said about recruiting today.Wink



Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:32 pm
 

Barry Alvarez: Recruiting is 'open season'

If it wasn't clear with the previous hire, Ohio is willing to bend or break the rules if it includes a win.  Who cares about the kids?  Who cares about tradition and what is right and wrong.  It is about winning nothing else.  It is only a matter of time before the NCAA finds which of their rules Urban is willing to forgo for the sake of winning.  I doubt that he is the only one in the Big Ten willing to break the rules for a win.



Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:47 pm
 

Barry Alvarez: Recruiting is 'open season'

All about winning the Big Ten.  Woody, despite the fact I could not stand him, Bo, and Joe did things the right way.  Urban Meyer does not.  FACT!



Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 7:31 pm
 

Barry Alvarez: Recruiting is 'open season'

In the last 10 or 15 years how many Pro's have Ohio State produced vs Michigan and Wisc. BEFORE URBAN GOT THERE.MICHIGAN AND MICHIGAN ST.,AND WISC.QUIT CRYING ABOUT IT.


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