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Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Posted on: February 2, 2012 3:31 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2012 8:36 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

It appears that the grace period for new coaches in the Big Ten lasts for 65 days or only one National Signing Day. That's how long it took for fellow Big Ten coaches to publicly speak about being upset with new Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer.

Not surprisingly, the complaints from Wisconsin's Bret Bielema and Michigan State's Mark Dantonio are related to Meyer's recruiting tactics. Particularly the part where he just shows up, swoops in and then causes recruits to suddenly change their minds and flock to Columbus.

“There are a few things that happened early on that I made people aware of that I didn’t want to see in this league, that I had seen take place in other leagues,” said Bielema on Wednesday. “Other recruiting tactics, other recruiting practices that are illegal. 

“I was very up front and was very pointed to the fact, actually reached out to Coach Meyer and shared my thoughts and concerns with him. The situation got rectified.”

Michigan State's Mark Dantonio was a bit more to the point.

"(Ohio State has) a new coach, and it's different," Dantonio told the Detroit News. "I would say it's pretty unethical, in the end." 

It seems that Bielema and Dantonio aren't used to the recruiting tactics Meyer has brought along from his days in the SEC, where the gentlemanly rules of the Big Ten do not exist. It seems SEC coaches know that no commitment means anything until a letter of intent is signed, so the race for any recruit they might want doesn't end before February.

Question the morality of it all you want, but you'll notice the SEC has won the last six national championships while the Big Ten has been rather uninspiring.

Meyer's first class at Ohio State was good enough to finish ranked third in the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25. In that class of 24, 10 of the commits didn't come on board until after Meyer became head coach at Ohio State. Of those 10 players, eight had previously given commitments to other school.

Including offensive lineman Kyle Dodson (Wisconsin) and defensive end Se'Von Pittman (Michigan State). Hence the reactions of Bielema and Dantonio. Still, of the other six, four had been committed to Penn State and two to Notre Dame. You don't hear Bill O'Brien or Brian Kelly crying foul about it today.

Not that complaining will do anything to deter Meyer. He's a head coach that realizes in order to build a successful program, not only do you need to have a good coaching staff, but you have to have good players. Players that are found through recruiting.

So whine about how he does all you want, he's seen the fruits of his efforts and has a couple rings to show for it. Nothing anybody can say will change that.

Other Big Ten coaches can either get on board, or run the risk of being left behind.

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Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:25 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

I don't know what you all are complaining about...Urban Meyer is a very ethical man.  I'm sure he reminds his daughter that it's cool to mess around with other guys when her boyfriend isn't looking...after all it's all fair game until she signs the marriage license.  

Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:21 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Plain and simple your an idiot for callling a person an asshole you dont even know.  Sounds like plain ignorance to me.  You are probably just jealous like the rest of these posters on here.  I would be too since I am sure Ohio State is going to own the big ten while Urban Meyer is there.  And your neutral?  Yea right and Im the Pope too!  lol

Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:12 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Great analogy.  Since one coach is unethical, everyone else should be too or "get left behind." 

Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:10 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

OSU and Michigan may have more talent, but they didn't go to the Rose Bowl this year!

Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:03 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

This writer is a gashole and an idiot.  

Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:52 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

No coach is cheating more than any other.  They are all sneaky and disrespectful to one another.  the way I see it, who cares.  If a coach is cheating and it is your team and they are winning you will find any way in the book to convince yourself and others they are not cheating...Who cares because in the end it is all about winning and winning titles.  The SEC fans can atest to that by ignoring all cheating as long as their teams keep winning titles.

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:49 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Cooper sucked, but Bruce fared well vs. Mich. And Tressel owned them. The good Ohio players quit going to Mich. Case dismissed!

Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:48 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

I read the article then wanted to see what idiot writer composed such a poor arguement to Meyer's recruting tactics; Tom Fornelli of course.  Tom, my slow little friend, Meyer is the biggest cheater in NCAA.  No surprise Ohio State hired him.  Ohio State gave players money, cars, and other things to sign at OSU.  Fortunately for them, the punishment was minor.  Meyer has no ethics and will soon be booted out of OSU once Delany sees how hurtful his unethical behavior is.  What Delany needs to do is go after NCAA commissioners and ask why the SEC can oversign, allow retards that get a 1.0 in high school to be eligible, and why their coaches are scum like Nick Saban.  Meyer won't last long and Nick Saban is gay.  Those are my two predictions..

Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:46 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

Can you say big 2 and little 8?  Or whatever added to 2 equals 10 in this conference.

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:45 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

plain an simple meyer is an asshole and ohio st has no class or ethics , i have no allegiance to any team so these are unbiased comments.

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