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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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Since: Jul 11, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2012 10:40 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

hey maybe this douche will have a heart attack? go eat some gas station buckeyes ya bunch of wolverine lovin fucko's

Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: February 7, 2012 5:34 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

that all sounds good 76 , i have one simple thing to say in response--see alabama!! 

Since: Nov 12, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2012 4:26 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

by the sounds of your're really all shook up by meyer coming to ohio state!!! get away from the edge of the cliff, michigan will win games...JUST NOT AGAINST OHIO STATE!!!

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2012 9:13 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

See, that's the problem with OSU fans, you aren't honest with yourselves or anybody else on these boards.  If you were, you would gain the respect of others and everything would be just fine.  Do you HONESTLY believe OSU players have never been bribed by boosters to play at OSU?  Forget what you've read or heard or didn't read or didn't hear, use your head for a second.

You mention the trading of their "own" stuff for tattoos like it's nothing, when in reality you're covering up or ignoring something very important.  The people these players were connected to were not good people... terrible people, scumbags actually.  You don't see how trading merchandise with scumbags for services can create a problem for schools and NCAA sports?  You don't see the corruption that could arise if the NCAA allows things like that to go on?

You're probably one of those people that believes athletes should be able to do anything they want off the field.  Beat their wives, drink and drive, take the odd toke here and there, whatever they want is fine with you as long as it doesn't happen on the field.  NCAA football is a big business, they can't allow crap to go on and just continue with their day to day business, it doesn't work like that.

Come on man, are you serious? No, I dont think they should be able to do whatever they want. Beating up their wives is not the same thing. Your comparison is way off. What they did would be like me getting a speeding ticket. The real problem was Tressel covering it up if he would have just turned it in there probably would have been no sanctions against the school. I believe in what I hear or read not in what I dont hear or dont read. With your way of thinking we would then have to believe every school's boosters are paying players.

Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2012 7:48 pm
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Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2012 3:30 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Last time 40 oz'ers were cool. ohio was running a clean program. Jess Sayin'

Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2012 1:57 pm
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Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2012 10:42 am

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Mr. lovinMSU, let me respond to your comment where you said "now they are certainly going to run the score up on Ohio State when they can.  You can bet on that."

Just ignore him. He is our pet troll and someone left the cage door open again. Sorry about that. 

Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2012 10:40 am

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Your wasting your time 76' I think there is something in the water down there....Dymonte Thomas is a Michigan recruit and commit. He is being called from Urben Cryer daily according to his tweets(Thomas). The tale of slimy ohio lives on! 

Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2012 10:35 am

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

"Until a person signs on the dotted line there's no contract."
Absolutely incorrect. Every State in the Union has laws covering verbal contracts, promises, commitments, and all of the other variations of wording.
If the recruit breaks the verbal commitment, the school could litigate and force the kid to honor his contract. Why is this not done? Several reasons. First, the litigation could take years and cost a lot of money and too often the verbal commitments are not made in the presence of a neutral, credible witness. Coaches, ADs, staffers, parents, and friends are not neutral and often are not credible witnesses. Second, it does not benefit the school or the kid to take it to court. Third, it is a major public relations mistake that could affect recruiting at the school for years.
If the school enters into a verbal commitment with a recruit and, due to oversigning or other invalid reasons, elects to not sign the kid (or enroll or give the scholarship), the kid could sue. Why is this not done? Several reasons. What kid would want to join a team where he is not wanted. Hazing by 85+ other kids is not something to take lightly. Also, it could take years and hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal costs that many families could not afford to pay.
In both cases, a law suit results in a lose-lose situation for both the school and the recruit. Hence, no one ever sues.
But a verbal commitment is a contract, legal and binding. It is just difficult to enforce are never prosecuted.

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