Meyer Meets With Big Ten Coaches, Defends Recruiting Tactics


UPDATED: Friday February 3, 2012 3:51 PM

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said he met with other Big Ten football coaches in Chicago on Friday and issued a statement about his recruiting tactics.

Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema and Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio criticized Meyer for recruiting several players who had previously committed to other schools, including offensive tackle Kyle Dodson and defensive end Se'Von Pittman.  Dodson had verbally committed to play at Wisconsin while Pittman said he would attend Michigan State.

"There's a few things that happened early on I made people be aware of that I didn't want to see in this league that I had seen take place at other leagues," Bielema said on Wednesday. "Other recruiting tactics, other recruiting practices that are illegal. I was very up front and was very poignant to the fact. I actually reached out to Coach Meyer and shared my thoughts and concerns with him and the situation got rectified."

Meyer said in a statement that a number of issues were discussed at the coaches meeting, including the recruiting issues from 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," Meyer said in the statement.  "We will continue to comply with NCAA rules and recruit with relentless effort, especially the great state of Ohio."

Bielema said on Thursday night that Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez was planning to talk with Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delaney about Meyer's recruiting techniques.  Alvarez denied on Friday that there was a "gentleman's agreement" within the Big Ten that says coaches should not go after another coach's commitments while recruiting.

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