There’s No Gentleman’s Agreement In Big Ten Recruiting

Recruits are fair game until they actually sign, Big Ten coaches agree.

No matter what Bret Bielema has to whine say, Urban Meyer says Ohio State’s highly ranked 2012 recruiting class was earned within the rules.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer defended his staff’s recruiting practices on Friday, following comments from some Big Ten coaches who lost recruits to the Buckeyes about “flipping” prospects who have made verbal commitments.

Meyer made the comments in a prepared statement issued after a regularly scheduled Big Ten coaches meeting on Friday in suburban Chicago. His statement came hours after Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith defended Meyer and his staff.

That meeting resulted in Big Ten coaches agreeing there’s no “gentlemen’s agreement” on contacting verbally committed recruits, but also with a determination to respect one another on the recruiting trail, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald told’s Adam Rittenberg on Friday.

Is the “gentleman’s agreement” what Bielema was saying had been violated? If so, he shouldn’t have used the word “illegal.” And, if so, his athletic director didn’t back him up Friday.

Here’s what Bielema had to say Friday:

Bielema did not address specifics, but on Friday said he was not alleging NCAA rules violations were committed within the Big Ten.

“We are moving forward,” Bielema said after Friday’s coaches’ meeting.

And here’s what Meyer said:

“We had an opportunity to discuss a number of issues with each other and conference staff, including those that have arisen this week,” Meyer said of the meeting in his statement. “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.”

Read the whole story. There’s a lot going on in there, including Bielema appearing rather weak now.

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