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UW reportedly upset with Meyer’s tactics

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 12, 2012
— Wisconsin fans will have to wait about seven months to welcome Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to Camp Randall Stadium. But the buildup, beginning with the Big Ten preseason meetings in late July, should be titillating.

Remember that UW coach Bret Bielema on national signing day in February accused Meyer, entering his first season as Ohio State’s head coach, of engaging in recruiting tactics that violated NCAA rules.


Bielema, whose team hosts Ohio State on Nov. 17, has declined to offer specifics.


However, according to The Sporting News, UW officials accused Meyer of having former Ohio State players currently in the NFL call recruits. Such calls would be an NCAA violation.


In addition, UW officials accused Meyer and other Ohio State coaches of “bumping into” offensive line recruit Kyle Dodson during mandated dead periods. That would also be an NCAA violation. Dodson, from Cleveland, backed out of a commitment to UW and signed with the Buckeyes.


A college football source confirmed Monday those were the alleged violations that raised Bielema’s ire long before signing day. Bielema’s issues with Meyer were part of a larger look at how Meyer ran the Florida program.


“There’s a few things that happened early on that I made people be aware of,” Bielema said in February, “that I didn’t want to see in this league that I had seen take place at other leagues...recruiting practices that are illegal.


“And I was very up front and was very pointed to the fact. I actually reached out to coach Meyer and shared my thoughts and concerns with him, and the situation got rectified.”


Perhaps, but Meyer has insisted his staff is innocent.


“Let me make one thing very clear,” Meyer told The Sporting News. “There are no issues with Urban Meyer and the NCAA.”



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