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Posted by Feb - 4 - 2012 0 Comment

And so it has begun. It has taken new Buckeye football coach all of 8 weeks to ruffle the feathers of his fellow Big Ten counterparts by getting some of the top recruits in the nation to come to Columbus in the 11th hour of recruiting. Most notably was Cleveland Hts. OL Kyle Dodson, who had verbally committed to Wisconsin weeks ago, then suddenly decided to stay in his home state and play for OSU. This prompted the pompous blowhard Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema to The Sporting News, where Bielema intimated that Coach Meyer’s tactics were “illegal”. Accompanying this were comments from former Ohio State defensive coach and Jim Tressel disciple Mark Dantonio saying that Meyer’s recruiting tactics were “unethical”. Dantonio’s DC Pat Narduzzi was quoted in a newspare article here in Ohio that Tressel and Dantonio had a “gentleman’s agreement” to not go after   recruits. This was in the wake of Canton-McKinley DE Se’Von Pittman flipping from MSU to OSU. Its not a stretch to think Dantonio and Tress would have such an agreement, given their history together. But I highly doubt that concept permeated the entire conference, especially up to Camp Randall. Dantonio attempted to put the toothpaste back in the tube at the Big Ten coaches conference Friday saying his comments were taken out of context. Sure, I can see that. When someone is asking you a specific question about Urban Meyer and Ohio State and you say “They’ve got a new coach, and it’s different, I would say it’s pretty unethical, in the end.”, I totally see the ambiguous nature of your response. That is so easily taken out of context, the same way wedding vows equate to “I think we should see other people”.

They guy who really comes off as the pot screaming at the black kettle is Bielema. I guess if you need a source of all things unethical, you can start with him. This is a guy who would coach his kids up to hang 70 on a school for the deaf and blind, then say in his post-game comments that he didn’t see or hear anything other than good football. Show me anyone impressed with Bret Bielema more than Bret Bielema, and I’ll show you a liar. If the town of Douchebag ever needs a mayor, Barry Alvarez will have to go find a new coach. That same Alvarez was quoted on in the wake of his coach calling out the conference’s newest superstar by saying that “Recruiting is recruiting until they sign.” (The duality in the Wisconsin athletic department is mind numbing.) Barry gets it. And you’d better damn well believe that if the shoe was on the other foot, Meyer wouldn’t have gone whining to the media the way Bielema has. He’d have simply returned serve the next season. Of course, Meyer can expect that from Big Baby Bret in 2013, but he shouldn’t have expected anything different had he not swiped Dodson from Bielema’s grimy fingers hours before signing day ended. Because you recruit like you play and coach; right up to the final gun. Bielema is just coming to terms with the fact he is no longer the alpha dog in the Big Ten kennel. So dry those cheeks, Li’l Boy Bret, and STFU.

Ultimately, it took Coach Meyer 60 some-odd days to torue the big players in Big Ten football with the way he goes about his business. We all knew it was coming. Make no mistake, Meyer is no wallflower. If you made a Venn diagram of Confidence, Arrogance, and Supreme Coaching Ability, two words would be found at the melded center: Urban Meyer. That is why he was the only logical solution for Ohio State to return them to their rightful place atop the collegiate football world. He is as polarizing as he is popular, not unlike the Buckeye Nation. It was a perfect marriage. We all knew the day was coming where it was clearly understood that in the Big Ten its Ohio State, and then everybody else. Ladies and gentlemen, that line has been drawn. And I for one couldn’t be happier.

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