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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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Comments

Since: Oct 19, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:12 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

AMEN NEWK!



Since: Oct 19, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:10 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

"Spock" You are indeed a cartoon! You have NO idea what you are talking about! I guess you ASS/U/ME that all people from the South are "Hillbillies! Well guess what? Here is a link for you and ALL to see that both Alabama and LSU are far ahead in graduation rates than anyone in the Big Whatever. Excuse me! You FOOTBALL POWERHOUSE Iowa is ahead of Bama and LSU. Iowa has a 79% to 69% over Bama and LSU. NO OTHER BIG WHATEVER team is close. Get your facts straight! We kick ass on the feild and in the classroom!
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Since: Feb 3, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:09 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Wow, ridiculous complaints! Like any job, profession, free agent, etc...until the "contract" is signed, every one is fair game. As long as it is done within the rules, the rest of the Big Ten better get over it....and come along. It is quite typical in this day and age!



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:53 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Nice try.  Not enough Bama players are early NFL Draft entries to account for such a low graduation rate.  And, all major schools have players that have enrolled early.  What do you think Bama is unique in that?  The point is too many of them don't get a degree.



Since: Oct 19, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:51 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

I Agree 100% Hatman!
Bama made Tebow cry and Ubrban Quit! All in a 3 hour period on a Saturday afternoon in December 2009!



Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:50 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

The guy got the job well after recruiting had started... these guys need to grow up.. it is much more of a PR hit for the coaches taking this public than it is for Meyer. 



Since: Oct 19, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:46 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

SEC players do not graduate because they are playing on Sundays when they should be Seniors in College.

F.Y.I. Alabama had 38 players graduate BEFORE the National Championship game! There are 8 players already enrolled from this years #1 recruiting class. Theses players go to school and workout out YEAR ROUND! Maybe some of you Big Whatevers need to take heed. OR NOT! Just keep on taking your ass whippings! But PLEASE STOP BITCHING!




Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:44 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Nothing to do with Penn State???  He very quickly swooped in and took 4 of their biggest recruits.  The only team to take any of their major recruits.



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:44 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Well it is starting already the coaches in the Big Ten are going to put as much pressure on Meyer to see how his health holds up. If he couldn't deal with the pressure before he is going to struggle to deal with it now. Pressure 24/7/365, have the ambulance cranked up he will think he is having a heart attack, just like he did at Florida on how many occassions. I think I remember Lane Kiffen's accusations about recruiting setting him off his last season down at Florida. I give him no more than three years on the job and am leaning more toward two, there is not as much pressure the first year because of the probation but the second year and the added pressure may put him over the edge.
Should be awful interesting watching these children at play.  



Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:42 pm
 

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Health concerns caused by what???  Health concerns caused by the way he handled colleger football coaching.


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