“We at the Big Ten don’t want to be like the SEC—in any way, shape or form.”
"I called Urban and we spoke about it. We talked about it, and he said it would stop and it did. I’ll let our commissioner deal with anything else. That’s not who we are (in the Big Ten). We settle things among ourselves as coaches."
That was Wisconsin coach Brett Bielema, who was angry that Meyer had convinced 4-star offensive lineman Kyle Dodson to switch his commitment from Wisconsin to Ohio State. Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio was also upset, after defensive end Se'Von Pittman did the same, switching from MSU to OSU.
Another Bielema quote:
"I can tell you this. We at the Big Ten don’t want to be like the SEC—in any way, shape or form."
Wait, what? I'm not an SEC fan by any stretch, but the Big 10 doesn't want to be like the SEC is ANY way? They can't think of ONE way they'd like to emulate the SEC?
Not even the 6 consecutive BCS Championships?
I agree that guys like Les Miles, Nick Saban and of course Meyer are a bit slimy. But have we already forgotten about a couple former Big 10 coaches who weren't exactly the model citizens that everyone thought they were?
Jim Tressel left Ohio State in disgrace, after numerous scandals that he knew about, yet did nothing to stop. And speaking of someone who did nothing to stop a scandal, what about Joe Paterno? Say what you want about poaching recruits, but I'd much rather see a coach use sleazy recruiting tactics any day of the week, as opposed to turning a blind eye to years of child molestation.
Guys like Bielema and Dantonio (and the rest of the Big 10) love to pretend that they're above reproach. And in some ways, maybe they are. But get out of here with that garbage about the Big 10 being above everyone else. You have a lot to learn, and you haven't won a damn thing in 10 years. Take a tip from Meyer, and learn how to win. Then, maybe your moral high horse might actually get you somewhere.