Gene Smith Responds to Bielema

By Jason Priestas on February 4, 2012 at 1:00a

Not long after Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez essentially told his coach to "chill", Ohio State AD Gene Smith released a statement backing his coach and laying out the proper way to handle grievances in the Big Ten:

I am disappointed that negative references have been made about our football coaches, and particularly head coach Urban Meyer regarding recruiting. In our league appropriate protocol, if you have concerns, is to share those concerns with your Athletic Director (AD). Then your AD will make the determination on the appropriate communication from that point forward. The ADs in our league are professionals and communicate with each other extremely well. Urban Meyer and his staff have had a compliance conscience since they have arrived.

This, of course, follows a statement Meyer made earlier Friday:

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.

If you're keeping score at home, we now have Urban Meyer, Gene Smith, Barry Alvarez and Brady Hoke on one side, with Bret Bielema on the other. Nice move, Bret.


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buckeyedude's picture

Got to give credit to Smith on this one for sticking up for his coach.



luckynutz's picture

Totally agree with you on that buckeyedude. For all the things smith has gotten wrong, he is spot on here. There are proper channels to go through if you have a legitimate grievance, and the media is not one of them. Nice to see geno step up and take the high road on this.

Baroclinicity's picture

Well said by both you and BD.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

luckynutz's picture

Pretty sad when your own AD knows you're a whiny POS that's FOS.

Squirrel Master's picture

This is troubling because I might actually like Hoke over Bulimia for a split second. He may be a fat tub of lard but at least he has more sense than Bret! What a dumbass! I wonder if Meyer showed up to that meeting with Vrabel, with instructions if Bret does anything to take him down!

in other news, Diamond is going to Auburn. Another one runs from Meatchicken!

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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Fat chunk of butter baby Bret needs to be thoroughly humiliated given the ridiculous accusations he flung against the wall at Meyer during his little tantrum.  He also deserves to have about 60 hung on him next game!!!

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Squirrel Master's picture

I tend to remember what happened when Urban played Kiffin after this....

Kiffin told a booster club that Meyer had called Richardson as he was on his Official Visit to UT, a violation of NCAA Recruiting Rules. However, Lane Kiffin ended up breaking the rules, as no such rule about calling recruits on Official Visits exists, and he violated SEC Bylaw 10.5.1 which states that "coaches and administrators shall refrain from directed public criticism of other member institutions, their staffs or players." and was publicly reprimanded by SEC Commissioner Mike Slive.

Florida only won 23-13 but Urban later said they didn't run up the score because Tenn wasn't playing hard in the 4th.

Doesn't a similar rule exist in the B1G? Bret better watch himself!


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FortMeyer's picture

POS That's FOS  -  Should be Bielemas new T-shirt and he should wear it every day. Good call Luckynutz

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Aside from BB being a whiny douche, some of the butthurt was probably a byproduct of a recent influx of over-sized expectations in Camp Randall.

Typically, Wisky excels because it recruits 3-star OLmen, coaches them up, and by their RS sophomore/JR seasons, they contribute to dominate run-blocking units; moreover, they're able to attract some of the best power RBs in the country to run in that system.

A great power rushing attack will take teams a long way, but Wisky has a ceiling: when they peak every few years, they can go 10-2 and, if things line up, maybe upset somebody in the Rose Bowl. The following year, they're lucky to make the Outback Bowl.

Following their peak year in 2010, Wisky normally would have dropped back to 8-4 or 7-5, except for two unusually helpful factors: Russell Wilson, the type/level of QB they can't normally land through the traditional recruiting process, and P Chryst, the type/level of coordinator they can't normally hire at their salary levels.

Well, excessively high expectations can be dangerous. When someone tastes the high life and then must go back to skidrow, that's much more psychologically traumatic than just staying on skidrow all along. I'm afraid we might see a meltdown from BB in the next few years.      

BrewstersMillions's picture

Fido, this is a spot on description of teams like Wisconsin. I've never been able to put the way I feel about schools like them in words but you did it quite well here. I would lump Michigan State in there as well-though they achieve they average to above average (By our standards, Excellent by their standards) level of success a different way, the idea is the same. Fill your team with solid but unspectacular players and do not let them deviate in any way from your system. Remain rigid in your philospophies and let the system win you some games. Not to take away the little runs BB and Mark Dantonio have had but they will never have Wisconsin or Michigan State at the forefront of the national title picture each and every year. Their problem is that they and their fan bases think they belong there. That is when things get bad.

A new day is coming to the Big Ten. We are only 1 full season removed from our throne but with Michigan on the rebound and Ohio State going full steam ahead, these days of 'chaos' in the Big Ten are numbered. Everyone will have to get in line behind Michigan and Ohio State and all will be right with the world again. I really look forward to the time when the regular season is but a formality until the Big Ten championship in November, and then the other one in December.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Thanks. I agree about the Ohio State v. Michigan resurgence, but that of course raises the question: What's the over/under on number of years before the B1G tries to move The Game to earlier in the season?

buckeyedude's picture

I agree with you both. If OSU and MU continue getting top 5 recruiting classes, year in and year out, it's going to spell trouble for the rest of the conference. Nebraska included. The OSU/MU rivalry is going to get real intense and interesting I believe in the next couple of years. I know Meyer and cHoke are no Bo and Woody, but this rivalry is going to be intense like it was in the 60s and 70s.

One other thing: can you imagine the "butt plug hurt" the rest of the conference, but especially BB is going to experience when they have to watch Ohio State vs. Michigan in a REMATCH for the B1G championship?!



VestedInterest's picture

There's a larger dynamic the B1G is taking into consideration in regards to moving "the Game" obviously. With the B1G championship game and the BCS constantly in flux I would hope they hold off on moving the Game until such time it can be justified, if it ever can.

BrewstersMillions's picture

For that reason alone I wish UM and OSU would have been in the same division. Look at OU\Texas. That rivalry got even more intense because in most cases the winner of that game decided their division's representative in the Big 12 Championship even though it was played early on both teams schedules. That would do more for me than a rematch. Imagine how intense it would be if the last game of the year for both teams meant the difference between Indy and staying home...Woody-Damn, I'd love that more than playing those jokers again a few weeks later.

With that said, a loss in The Game followed by a win in Indy would be to sweet....


JakeBuckeye's picture

Hoke is a decent dude.

With that being said, he is still obese.

collisionbend's picture

Bielema's a whiner.

"There's a fine line between perception and reality." -- Luke Fickell

Nerkbuckeye's picture

Bret Beluga had vision of Wisky being one of the top 2 teams in the B1G along with Michigan. With Tressel out and tOSU looking like a lengthy slide may be in the works his wet dream turned into a nightmare when Urban showed up in town. Now all his plans of B1G dominace just got flushed down the toilet.

Poor Bret     DEAL WITH IT!!!

Buckeye Scottie's picture

Anyone else find it amusing we are supposed to be taking moral/ethical advise from a dude who regulary runs up 80 pts on Indiana every year?