IF Urban Mayer had been at Ohio State from the beginning of this past recruiting cycle maybe the other B1G coaches would have a fair argument. But how can you say its fair to limit a coach who has only 3 months to put a staff and class together for flipping recruits when they probably wouldn't have been committed to other schools if he had been there all along.
It seems Urban Meyer has taken a little something with him from Florida to Ohio State — his recruiting tactics. Wisconsin’s Bret Bielema and Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio aren’t happy that Meyer broke a Big Ten gentleman’s agreement not to recruit prospects who are already committed to other Big Ten schools. As you know, nothing close to that type of agreement exists in the no-holds-barred SEC.
Bielema has also hinted that Meyer might be employing other over-the-line tactics, but he wouldn’t go into specifics. But with regards to trying flip commits, he said:
“I can tell you this, we at the Big Ten don’t want to be like the SEC — in any way, shape or form.”
Fair enough. Then just keep losing your January bowl games, Bret.
As for Meyer, he doesn’t sound like he’s going to be changing his methods even if Bielema tattles to commissioner Jim Delany.
“If they’re interested, absolutely (you recruit other school’s commits) — especially from your home state. Is it gratifying to take a guy from another school? Not at all.”
Did anyone else’s BS alert go off over that last line?