Big 10 coaches not happy with Urban Meyer's recruiting tactics

“We at the Big Ten don’t want to be like the SEC—in any way, shape or form.”

2/4/12 in NCAAF   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Urban Meyer has only been at Ohio State for a couple months, and he's already making waves. Other Big 10 coaches are speaking out against his recruiting tactics, after he poached a few top recruits from other schools within the conference.

"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.
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2/4/12   |   derms33   |   17645 respect

 oh, and OSU beats them at Basketball too...

2/4/12   |   derms33   |   17645 respect

Pat wrote:
I didn't intend to compare the two incidents. My point is merely that Big 10 coaches in general don't have the flawless track record that Bielema is implying. Clearly enabling a child molester is far worse than letting kids trade jerseys for tattoos. I'd never even pretend that it's similar.

When I typed that i shoulda said, don't even compare them in the same article...but yeah I see what u are saying. Hoke is guilty of taking players for OSU as soon as the NCAA BS Sanctions were handed down...Bielema is naive or foolish, or perhaps both

2/4/12   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

derms33 wrote:
 Pat, please don't compare what Tressel did to what Paterno did, protecting your players, and protecting child rapist coaches on your school grounds aren't really even close...And Urban Meyer can say all he wants.  Him snatching recruits from other schools is what RECRUITING is all about.  These kids aren't "property" of any school until they enroll at a particular institution.  Brett Bielema can cry because he chokes yearly and Penn State, well, again, allowing child rapes on your campus pretty much sealed your fate.  

I didn't intend to compare the two incidents. My point is merely that Big 10 coaches in general don't have the flawless track record that Bielema is implying. Clearly enabling a child molester is far worse than letting kids trade jerseys for tattoos. I'd never even pretend that it's similar.

2/4/12   |   derms33   |   17645 respect

 And apparently Bielema meant that running the ball 40+ times a game is a good idea///sorry Bielema, you can't and won't win jack.  Emulating the SEC is apparently a good idea, and I'm down with...and so is Urban Meyer

2/4/12   |   derms33   |   17645 respect

 Pat, please don't compare what Tressel did to what Paterno did, protecting your players, and protecting child rapist coaches on your school grounds aren't really even close...And Urban Meyer can say all he wants.  Him snatching recruits from other schools is what RECRUITING is all about.  These kids aren't "property" of any school until they enroll at a particular institution.  Brett Bielema can cry because he chokes yearly and Penn State, well, again, allowing child rapes on your campus pretty much sealed your fate.