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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: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:38 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

He quit because of health concerns you moron! He is apparently very passionate about football and he let that passion consume him and he burnt out. I guess you would imply that it had something to do with cheating! And way to go bringing up Penn State! Last time i checked this had absolutely nothing to do with them. Some of you people need to find better things to do with your time!!

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:35 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Sorry, Bamafan. Should of known graduation rates would have been a sore spot for the Tide faithful.  Anyway, my earlier message was directed to Lady's comments.   

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:33 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Maybe Meyer can call up some of the guys on the Penn State team to try to get them to transfer.  You know, tell them about the utter permanent devastation of the program, bound to be lower than Indiana in the future.  What goes around comes around.  Meyer's tactics will come back to haunt him sooner or later.  The way he coached has already forced him to quit once, don't be surprised if it happens again.

Since: Feb 3, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:25 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

What's really hilarious here is that some people on this site really believe other B1G schools have a chance to get a recruit if tOSU really wants them. Only tSUN is argueably in the hunt. You used to be able to say PSU, but not so much right now. That's the reason other B1G schools don't want it to be open season on their recruits. They cannot compete with tOSU and tSUN in an all out recruiting war. Has anyone noticed that Hoke hasn't said a word: it's because by and large poaching won't affect him.

Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:24 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Wow! It is a 'hating haters who hate' perfect storm isn't it? Meyer- who has the Gator haters hating on him and the Buckeye haters hating on him for coming to hated THE OSU post Tressel-when coupled with the Coach Calipari haters has now emboldened the uninformed and ignorant bloggers living in their Momma's basemenst unlimited oppor
tunities to throw around the term....cheater.  Until y'all can prove cheating... shaddup. CBS cares.

Since: Oct 19, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:13 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Urban left the SEC and went to the BIG 10-12 (whatever it is) because he knew he would never be able to beat or out-recruit Saban and Miles. (Look at the depleted, pitiful group he left at Florida....OOPS! They did manage to handle MIGHTY Ohio State) Maybe he did develop some thick skin recruiting techniques while at Florida. You Big Ten people need to get with the program. Maybe Urban will force the rest of the Big "Whatever" to step up their game on the feild and recruiting. College football is more interesting when the SEC schools are kicking BIG "Whatever" schools asses in Championship games instead of having to play each other! 

Welcome to "Big Boy" Football Big "Whatever"! I for one am glad to see someone waking you guys up and challenging you back to relevancy.

SEC in Bowls 8-4 (Including our newest teams Texas A&M and Missouri)
Big "Whatever" 4-6

SEC 3 wins to 1 loss head to head vs Big "Whatever&quo
The Big "Whatever's" BEST team could not beat the 3rd and 4th best teams in the SEC
LSU and Alabama are WAY out of your league so stop bitching and be happy someone is doing something!

Since: Nov 20, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:13 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

I am loving this.  The rest of the Big 10 needs to get with it if they want to compete.  It's not cheating, it is called "out working" the competition.  If your coaches do it during recruiting, then maybe your players might do it on the football field.  The  Big 10 is suddenly interesting.

Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:10 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Spock, Last time i checked this was a discussion about Urban supposedly cheating while he took a player away from another school. Then you want to bring in graduation rates at Bama. Imagine that! We could talk until the end of time about bad things at other schools but i intend to talk about what the thread was about to begin with. I think it is comical how people will get on here and find any way imaginable to slam Bama. But Bama is doing what they have to do to win and if it aint broke i don't see Bama trying to fix it!

Since: Dec 18, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:09 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Hopefully Sir Urban can get the Buckeyes better deals on cars and tats than Tressel did.
I would hate to see the Big 10 commish come down on such a storied institution like OSU.
Have fun in your bowl game next year Urban, I hope you like Little Cesars Pizza.

Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:08 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Go get em meyer, let them cry all they want. GO BUCKEYES!


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