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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: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:18 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

osubucki1, are you willing to bet a year's salary that no rules were broken by Meyer? As for your premise about nothing illegal until the kid signs - so that's when Meyer slips them a few grand? I should have known to go to an OSU fan to find out just how this cheating stuff works.

Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:18 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

I think by allowing OSU to have two, yes two coaching staffs says it all. That is not inheard of by the way. However, they just got caught cheating with multiple cover ups by a scumbag coach, AD and President. OSU did not deserve this type of treatment. Did USC? Nope. Unfortunately Meyer is the Crowned Prince in the Big Ten and if he can get a few BCS Championships out of the SEC's hands Delaney will continute to give Meyer the ol' drop and suck routine.

Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:16 pm
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Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:12 pm
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Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:11 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

From what I just read, did I just read implications from the writer that unethical tactics in recruiting players is okay because the SEC does it and they've won the last 6 national championship games?

What kind of bullshit is that? Unethical behavior is unethical behavior. No matter how you want to frame it. It's not right to judge the behavior as perfectly fine because "it wins!" It's this kind of behavior that's turning College Football into some kind of demented cash-cow products that treat the players like money, etc. and not student-athletes.

It's even worse just to imply to the other coaches, "You should be unethical too! Yeah!! Keep up with the times!!" It's causing a slippery slope into sleaziness. Where's all the morality gone off to?

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:11 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

boo hoo hoo

Get over it Big 10 fans-there is a new reality in your league and Urban Meyer will kick many tails.


Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:07 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

it will backfire.  he's suddenly gong to have 10 B10 teams pecking at his comittments.  short term gain for his short term tenure.  
all long term coaches are well resepcted by thier peers.  he's made no friends.

Yeah.  and those kids are going to turn down a chance to play with a proven winner like Meyer to play for a bunch of scab teams that do not deserve to be in a conference with an automatic bid.  Meyer puts players in the NFL and he will continue to do so.  That is what these kids care about....  The Big Ten has been average for so long and if they do not want to be left behind then they need to change what they do....  Competing nationally is different than competing in the Big 10.  Everyone outside of the Big 10 has known that the conference is a joke for years....Ohio State has a huge advantage by having a coach that is used to being competitive nationally....

Since: Feb 14, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:05 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer...


Ask Dantonio about his gentleman's agreement with Hoke...

Since: Jun 25, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:43 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

B.S.<br />

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:30 pm

Big Ten head coaches already upset with Meyer

what did you expect, osu is a if you cant win it  buy it.  but thats why we have such a pitiful situation in the ncaa. this is why i left the nfl since it was all winning and no sportsmanship or honor.i never saw joe brag about a victory , and never put down a opponent.
any player that ever chastised another teams player was disciplined.
when it all went to money the rules changed.  aka terrell pryor selling his championship rings for tat, claurett in jail for  multiple felonies.  Meyer can recruit but has no class

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