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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 7, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 1:27 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

As a Michigan State alum and fan, I agree with Meyer on this.  This is a cutthroat business.  The "Gentlemen's Agreement" is BS.  This is about competition.  As much as I like Dantonio, he sounds like sour grapes on this issue as does Bielema.  Get over it, we live in a competitive society. There's a reason SEC coaches consistently get top recruits (outside of geography and weather) and it's because they have a stronger competitive drive.  This cushy Gentlemen's agreement is for Socialists and weaklings.

Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2012 1:26 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Karma....yea right I like Meyer's Karma. He'll have another national Championship within four years.  He's the ONLY coach with a chance to dethron the SEC title run.

Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2012 1:13 pm

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Well all you coaches in the Big10 can keep on claiming that you are ethical and coach with character and don't bend the rules. And you can continue to whine and cry about how Urban came in and stole your players instead of picking up the pieces and moving on. While you guys are wasting your time doing these things Urban will be building a team that will be kicking all of your arses on Saturday before you know it! Look this is a cutthroat business and there is no place for crybabies. Makes ya wonder why the SEC is so far ahead of the Big10 in football. ROLL TIDE ROLL !!!!!!!!!!

Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 11:17 am

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Karma has a funny way of repaying people who live by the "I'm a jerk - deal with it!" creed. He can say all he wants about legality and compliance, he may be right, but ethics are a different code altogether. I don't think anyone who's ever known Urban would say he's ethical.

Since: Feb 3, 2012
Posted on: February 4, 2012 11:11 am

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

I wonder if part of his recruiting strategy was to point out that OSU GSR % is only in the middle of the Big Ten.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 10:56 am

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Lost tribe says

"""Dear Urban:

Th B1G has been a league headed by high character ideals, mutual respect between programs, and an unflinching adhearnce towards the code of honor. """"

Guess what. That's exactly what Urban is doing.  He also came to tOSU to win .  That's what achieves greatness.  Rodriquez didn't get canned because of any thing other than LOSING.  Don't give credit where none is due.   Read the book, find out what's honorable and what's legal.  Urban has done nothing here other than show how weak the other coaches are at recruiting.  He has an attraction because he is a proven winner.  If Wisconsin hadn't lost to OSU this past season, maybe its coach woudln't be so bitter.  And MSU lost to Wis in playoff game so it's still angry.  Of course most of their big players are from Ohio to begin with . Perhaps Dantonio is figuring out that the faucett from Ohio high schools  to Michigan might be turned off now with some home-state recruiting.   

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 10:54 am

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Dear Losttribe,
     Deal With It.

;     &nbs
p;    UFM

If a kid is truly committed, he'll say no thanks coach, please stop calling or some such. When he says, "Gosh coach thanks for the offer. I really am interested in your school" or "I really was interested in your school but no one recruited me there" then its on the student when he says come for a visit and gets the full court press. The BiG coaches are lazy. Look at their recruiting classes. Only michigan is near the top with Ohio State. Better get used to that as well when its the big 2 and little 10 going forward. Wake up dumbasses this is why the SEC kicks our butts every year!

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 10:11 am

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Dear Urban:

Th B1G has been a league headed by high character ideals, mutual respect between programs, and an unflinching adhearnce towards the code of honor.

Rich Rod came to UM and started his douche baggery and ended up out on the street after 3 seasons because he didn't fit in and refused to change even just a little (not to mention losing at a school record rate). He brought the UM football program thier first NCAA sanctions along with him as well. But even in the midst of the circuis that he created the other B1G coaches defended him publicly because of this honor code yet in private they all despised him and in the end only Coach Tressell spoke out in his behalf becuse of the Code.

Now you come alomg and start arrogantly doing and saying similar douchey things and expect everyone to simply fall in line with your pattern of, lets just say less that perfect moral judgement.

Being OSU means that the spotlight is very bright 24/7/365. And yet your ignorant arrogance is only drawing more attention to your already NCAA sanctioned program. In the past due to the Code of Honor, others in th econference outside your program would likely look the other way if your were caught with you programs pants down, but you sir have now disolved yourself from this fraternity by your immature comments and less than ideal behavior.

You do understand what I'm saying don't you?

Your tenure at OSU will not be a long one if you continue along this way. The B1G hs been around a long time and things have a way of working themselves out. Every other program in the league knows that OSU is only one infraction away from being a repeat offender under NCAA guidelines. Every other progrom knows what would happen to OSU should that come to pass. At yet here you are like Quasi Modo atop the towers of Notre Dame proudly flailing around beating your chest beause you have some kind of narcissistic ego issue.

Enjoy the sanctions because behavior like yours will not be tolerated and the school that you so proudly serve will once again be punished because of thier Head Football Coaches oblivious arrogance. It's bigger than you pal, and they've already drawn up the battle plans against you. Change now or suffer the consequences of your actions. 

Game on!

Since: Feb 4, 2012
Posted on: February 4, 2012 9:27 am

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

I can't understand what Wisconsin is saying in Business that would be breaking the law by restraing trade, or Price Fixing. It's a free market and nothing is over until the recruit signs. NCAA if you are going to investigate anyone look at Wisconsin not Ohio State that is trying to rig the process.

Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 9:26 am

Urban Meyer responds to fellow coaches' criticism

Heard Urban had diarrhea this morning and announced his retirement from Ohio State for health reasons..........

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