Meyer Responds to Allegations

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Last updated: 02/03/2012 7:34 PM
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Meyer Says Allegations Settled
By John Porentas

It looks there is an armistice, or at least a truce.

The ongoing war of words involving Brett Bielema, Mark Dantonio and Urban Meyer was apparently addressed and settled today at a regularly-scheduled meeting of the Big Ten coaches in Chicago. After that meeting, Meyer issued the following statement.

“I was pleased to take part in a productive, regularly scheduled meeting of the Big Ten Conference coaches today in Chicago.

"We had an opportunity to discuss a number of issues with each other and conference staff, including those that have arisen 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.

"We will continue to comply with NCAA rules and recruit with relentless effort, especially the great state of Ohio.

“I want to thank Commissioner Delany for his insight and leadership, and at this point we all look forward to moving past this week and getting ready for the start of spring football.”

At issue are allegations by both Bielema and Dantonio that Meyer acted either unethically or illegally during recruiting season, his first as the Ohio State head coach. During the course of recruiting season Meyer was able to convince one recruit that had verbally committed to Wisconsin as well as another recruit who had verbally committed to Michigan State to change their minds and ultimately sign with Ohio State.

In both of those cases, the student-athlete involved was an Ohio resident and had shown interest in Ohio State prior to the firing of former OSU Head Coach Jim Tressel. After Tressel's firing, the athletes involved made their respective verbal commitments to Bielema and Dantonio.

There has been an understood "gentleman's agreement" among Big Ten coaches that coaches within the league would back off in the recruitment of players who issued verbal commitments to coaches within the league. The agreement, however, is not a part of Big Ten rules and regulations and has been frequently violated by other Big Ten coaches in the past, including both Bielema and Dantonio.

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