Clear out the benches in the locker room, Bret Bielema is ready to give Urban Meyer his initiation in Big Ten ethics.
The Wisconsin coach unhappily conceded offensive tackle Kyle Dodson to Ohio State and responded in kind,
“There’s a few things that happened early on that I made people be aware of, that I didn’t want to see in this league, that I had seen take place in other leagues,” Bielema said. “Other recruiting tactics, other recruiting practices, that are illegal.”
What he’s partially referring to is coaches in the Big Ten don’t recruit committed players as part of a gentlemen’s agreement. That’s ludicrous. It’s also that sort of tradition that has kept the Big Ten from winning a national title since 2002. Urban Meyer isn’t in Columbus to appease Bret Bielema, he’s there to annihilate him.
The two spoke about the situation and it appears they worked out their differences before any ladders or tables were necessary. Great news for Meyer as Bielema seems like the type of big boy that enjoys a good ruckus.
Wisconsin signed the 65th ranked recruiting class in 2012 according to 247Sports. That’s after a Rose Bowl appearance. The Badgers only signed 12 players so it’s understandable that they wouldn’t produce a top ten class but there’s no reason for them to be sandwiched between Duke and Southern Miss.
In 2012, Ohio State won’t be eligible for the Big Ten championship thanks to Gene Smith’s foresight. If Brett Bielema is serious about continuing Wisconsin’s role as the dominant force in the conference, he’d better make next season a successful one.
Because in 2013, Meyer may run roughshod over the league and the legality of his tactics won’t matter to anyone except the athletic offices in Madison.