Mike Bianchi: Urban Meyer, Recruiting Glutton, Has Soiled Tim Tebow's Name

By DJ Byrnes on March 1, 2014 at 9:48p

It was revealed this week that a 8-second, impromptu conversation from March 2013 between Tim Tebow and potential recruit Clifton Garrett (who eventually signed with LSU) violated NCAA by-laws

From the official report to the NCAA:

Upon receiving the call, Coach Meyer informed Garrett that he was on vacation and having lunch with friends and family, including Tim Tebow. Garrett asked Coach Meyer if he could wish Tebow good luck on the upcoming season. Coach Meyer handed the phone to Tebow and Garrett conversed with Tebow for approximately eight seconds. Coach Meyer stated that no recruiting conversation occurred, there was no intent to have Tebow recruit on behalf of Ohio State and he, in fact, did not recruit on behalf of Ohio State.

Çoach Meyer reported that Garrett was not instructed to call by anyone from the Ohio State football staff and that neither he nor Tebow had any other communication with any other prospects during the lunch. Coach Meyer further indicated that Tebow has never spoken with any other prospective Ohio State student-athletes. Coach Meyer understands that the communication between Garrett and Tebow was an error on his part. However, he was adamant that it was a reflexive, courteous action rather than an intentional attempt to involve Tim Tebow in the recruiting process.

So there you have it. Urban Meyer was asked by a blue chip recruit to speak with Tim Tebow. His crime is acquiescing to a kid hoping to have a few quick words with a college football legend.

It was self-reported, and when the Cleveland Plain Dealer broke the news last week, it was generally laughed off as a trivially mundane violation of the NCAA's vapid rulebook.  

This was until Mike Bianchi, who carries the same type of grudge against Urban Meyer usually found in a man who was dumped by a woman for another richer, handsomer man, got wind of this violation. 

Needless to say, ol' Bianchi is FED UP. The headline is delicious Bianchi-speak: "Florida Gators not happy about Urban Meyer turning Tim Tebow into Ohio State recruiting tool."

It's delicious because after reading the article, you realize the only sad Florida Gator is Mike Bianchi.

I tried to tell everybody about Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, but nobody would listen.

Not even Tim Tebow.

I said it a year ago and I'll say it again now: When it comes to landing a recruit, Meyer doesn't care what it takes - even if it means selling out Tebow to Gators fans in the process.

Reminder: This story centers on an 8-second, impromptu conversation that the potential recruit initiated. 

My question: Did Meyer actually have a stopwatch on hand to time the conversation? Otherwise, how did he know it was 8 seconds instead of 10 seconds or 15 seconds ... or 30 seconds? And how ridiculous is it for Meyer to claim it was an unintentional violation? I spoke to a college administrator on Friday who said every coach knows that celebrities (or former players) who aren't employed by the university are forbidden from being involved in the recruiting process.

My question: How did Bianchi become such an obtuse parody that combined every worst sports-writing cliche into a single entity? If Bianchi had actually read the report or processed it beyond the DERP URBAN MEYER COACHING OUTLAW DERP level, he would have realized Clifton Garrett initiated the conversation and it was merely about wishing Tebow good luck on the upcoming season.

Tebow never actively recruited Garrett to Ohio State. And it's not as if Urban Meyer has to name-drop Tim Tebow to impress an 18 year-old recruit. Their names are rather intertwined.

Granted, in the grand scheme of NCAA rule-breaking this is no big deal and is considered a minor violation, but it shows once again why University of Florida fans have such disdain for Meyer even though he won two national titles at the school.

Granted, he admits this isn't a big deal, but still can't get over his own personal bitterness to the point he drags Florida fans through the mud. There's another word for "Gators fans" that have "disdain" about a coach that won two national title for them: Idiots.

Meyer is also the same coach who when he first got to Ohio State actually had the audacity to negatively recruit against the program he left behind at UF. According to a Sporting News report at the time, Meyer relentlessly pursued Maryland prep All-American wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who'd narrowed his choices to Ohio State, Florida and Maryland. In the midst of the recruiting process, Meyer "told the Diggs family that he wouldn't let his son go to Florida because of significant character issues in the locker room."

Does it get any more ruthless than that?

What Candyland does Mike Bianchi live in where a coach negatively recruiting a five-star prospect is considered the most ruthless act in the world? That word... I don't think it means what you think it means, Mike.

As for the Sporting News report, I wagered all 58 cents in my bank account on the fact it was written by another man with a weird grudge against Urban Meyer: Matt Hayes.

Let's just say daddy is eating steak (flavored Ramen noodles) tonight:

Matt Hayes, another hilariously predictable hack.

And now he has tried to use the Gators' No. 1 character guy of all time - Tebow - to also lure recruits to Ohio State.

At this point, I'm questioning if Bianchi even believes what he writes.

Many Florida fans, coaches and administrators don't trust Meyer, not only because of how he left UF but because of some of the questionable things he's done on the recruiting trail since departing.

It's cool how Bianchi cloaks his personal opinion in anecdotal, unverifiable statements. It's truly one of the hack's greatest tools.

Turning Tebow into an honorary Buckeye just doesn't sit well with many Gator faithful, especially after the article last year in the Plain Dealer in which Tebow talked about how he has become a big Ohio State fan and Meyer said he was going to "push for" Tebow to come to Columbus and tutor quarterback Braxton Miller. After the article came out, I contacted Tebow and he wanted to assure UF fans he is not a Gator traitor.

"My parents are Gators, I was born a Gator, I played for the Gators, I gave my heart to the University of Florida and I'll always be a Gator," Tebow told me after the Plain Dealer article ruffled UF feathers.

I about threw my laptop out of my window after reading this. Does Bianchi realize players aren't owned by universities ? Tim Tebow won a Heisman trophy and two titles at Florida... and somehow he owes them more? Mike Bianchi is out here throwing around words like "traitor"? GTFO.

The latest incident in which Meyer put Tebow on the phone with a potential Ohio State recruit has caused even more raised eyebrows in UF's athletic department and and added to the Gator Nation consternation.

Let's hear it for Urban Meyer - the only man in America who could turn Tim Tebow into an NCAA rule-breaker.

This may be his most unbelievable coaching accomplishment yet.

Again with the cloaking of his personal opinion with UF's athletic department and "Gator Nation."

It should also be noted that, since Tim Tebow isn't employed by Ohio State, he didn't break any rules. But hey, Bianchi clearly isn't going to let the facts stand in the way of his blistering hot take.

This article should have been written in crayon and posted on somebody's Wordpress blog. That's about the nicest thing I can say about it.


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Killer nuts's picture

I can sum this up in 2 words

1.) Butt

2.) Hurt

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703Buckeye's picture

Bianchi needs to go away, his hate on Meyer act is getting old. I wonder what Gator fans think of him?

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

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jaxbuckeye's picture

I've lived in Florida for quite some time and actually attended U of F.  I can tell you that pretty much everyone down here knows he's a tool and ignores him.  Seriously.  I haven't checked but I bet he has like 4 responses to this article.  He has to write crazy shit like this to even try to stay relevant.  I imagine he will be gone soon.

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cajunbuckeye's picture

Mike Bianchi throws up another brick. A poor attempt that clearly misses his intended mark.


An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

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I_Run_The_Dave's picture

You should have posted a gif of Lenzelle Smith at PSU

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FitzBuck's picture

I'm trying to figure out why this guy is beating around the bush.  He should just come out and say I hate Meyer and UF is the greatest university in the world.  

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

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ScarletNGrey01's picture

Some advice for Mikey:


The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

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Meaty19's picture

I dont know this Mike fellow, but I am glad his name is associated with florida and not Ohio State. Stay classy Mike Bianchi!

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ghalephoto's picture

AOL finally got wise and dumped the lack of sporting news for SI as their sports info provider.  Matt Hayes who consistently bashes Meyer, OSU and needs to realize he is the biggest reason.  He is so in love with Tebow he puts him ahead of Herschel Walker, Bo Jackson and Barry Sanders as THE greatest Athlete ever in college football.  He is not saying player, he is saying Athlete.  Tebow is a top 5 of all time.  Probably the #1 QB, but he is not a better athlete than the 3 guys I mentioned.  Hayes gets so conflicted with pumping Tebow and ripping Meyer his stories sound like pure hate...kinda like mine.  I hate Matt Hayes!!

I doubt Tebow is going to sit around with Meyer waiting to talk to recruits on his and Ohio States behalf.  Now, if Meyer was to hire him as say QB coach or resident recruiting stand in...I say pay the man.

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Poison nuts's picture

I wouldn't swear to it, but I think at this point even most UF fans realize that Bianchi is a dick.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

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gumtape's picture

Only the ones that can read...


High and tight boo boo

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JYBUCKEYE's picture

Wow!  That is a lot going on in one pic.  Bravo +1. 

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causeicouldntgo43's picture

I'd forgotten how awesome this is: jorts (likely), dad jeans waist, cell phone holster, smokes in the back pocket, T-Bow tat on arm, high and tight on top, mullet mane on the back, gator logoed accessory bag, #15 tat on face (hopefully temporary, but who knows). Too bad U of F doesn't bestow "superfan" status on this dude and make him the "face of the fan base" by providing free tix in prime spots. Naw - no respectable university would do that, would they?


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D-Day0043's picture

Wow! That is a power mullet! Billy Ray Cyrus would be jealous.

I am D-Day0043 and I approve this message.

Poison nuts's picture


"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

InvertMyVeer's picture

This reminded me of a Fire Joe Morgan takedown, nicely done DJ.

Football is complicated...

northwest_buckeye's picture

Mike Bianchi... Bringing butt-hurt to a whole new level since November 28, 2011.

I've never said I 'hate' anyone because that would imply I had any emotion for them whatsoever.

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Seattle Linga's picture

Jealous little whiner that sits behind his computer without a spine. So many just like him in the media.

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Buckforlife's picture


No relation to OSUFORLIFE...

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13THandSummit's picture

He even looks like a dick.



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Seattle Linga's picture

He reminds me of this 


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Buckeyevstheworld's picture


"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

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GoBucksOSU's picture

I dare him to say it to Urban's face. Stop doing it like a coward. My bet is he would not even be able to do it.

BuckeyeStrong2's picture

Mike Bianchi: U Mad Bro?


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PittBuckeye's picture

Sure he's a hack, but the worst? Ace whats his name, Clay Travis, Mark sexy pants May, so many other people vying for the worst. Bianchi is approaching king troll status though.


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Buckeye Chuck's picture

"GATOR TRAITOR??" Even if one assumes Tebow was helping to recruit for Ohio State, which he wasn't, does Bianchi honestly believe any coach who works for a school that isn't his alma mater is a "traitor?" 

I guess losing to Georgia Southern removed what was left of his sanity.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

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BoFuquel's picture

You can tell more about man by what he says about others, than by what others say about him. Listen to Coach. GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

Jbucks's picture

leys welcome this guy into the age of technology, where u dont need a stopwatch to time phone calls... depending on your phone the time could magically appear on the cell phone screen (oooh's and ahhhhh's are need for these magical phones) 2ndly Tebow becoming a Huge Buckeye fan... might have to fo with his Coach being a Buckeye coach, or he generally likes us!! and lastly... Admin & staff dont like how UFM left? should the guy appologize for his health? this guy is nothing but a quack with a grudge... oh yeah not to mention this "Violation" also ended up on ESPN's front page

Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it-John 1:5 SEC meet Ohio State, Ohio State meet SEC

harleymanjax's picture

I live in the heart of Gator country, all my friends and coworkers are Gator fans. BIANCHI does not speak for "Gator Nation", they don't hate Urban, they really don't care that he left at all. Gator fans are more fair weather fans than diehard Buckeye fans. They enjoy watching the game and rooting for the Gators, but because most people down here are from somewhere else there really isn't many diehard fans that truly care about the program. 

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

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hodge's picture

There's no way that he believes all of that. To go that far off the deep end over a self-reported, eight second phone call? He's gotta be pandering to the thousands of lunatic-fringers who either (A) hate OSU, (B) hate Urban Meyer, or (C) hate all of the above. 

And if that's what he's really doing, it makes him that much more of a hack for doing so. I wonder what it feels like to not have a soul. 

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bigbadbuck's picture

he's an attention whore who knows every time he rails against the Buckeyes or Urban he'll be in the spotlight.   I mean aren't we paying attention to him?

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, its a war room

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cplunk's picture

It always amuses me when UF fans rip on Meyer. I mean, your teams's history is Urban Meyer, Steve Spurrier, and about 100 years of mediocrity interspersed with periods of suck. If you denigrate Meyer, you really don't have much left.

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lamplighter's picture

really, should we even care what this guy says? " as tedious as a tired horse, a railing wife, Worse than a smoky house"

appeareth nothing  ***but a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours"

a "villainous abominable misleader of youth!"

You shall stifle in your own report,
and smell of calumny.

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Bourbon Meyer's picture

Lamplighter, who said those words?


From here Mike Bianchi and the University of Michigan still suck .

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lamplighter's picture

Shakespeare.  Here's a link to some good Willie insults


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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

The dude needs to seek help and move on!  Urban left you for a better university - PERIOD! 

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

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11bravo's picture

Shit-can this pissant.

He's not worth wasting any more time on.

nec aspera terrent

TossTrap's picture

The imbecile Bianchi not only trashed Meyer, but the implication is that Tebow is a moron who can't think for himself.

First and goal at the five and Arch is getting the ball.

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D-Day0043's picture

The best thing you can do when dealing with a hack like this is not even acknowledge him on this site. If you do it is giving him free publicity. 

I am D-Day0043 and I approve this message.

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PittBuckeye's picture

Yeah that's true, but as long as there aren't links that we're all going into it's just us talking about what a tool bag he is. I just object when there's a link that we're all giving some hack page views for purposely trolling OSU fans.

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misterpants's picture

For what it's worth, the article link goes through donotlink.com to avoid boosting the troll's page rankings. Well done, 11W editors.

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DJ Byrnes's picture

DoNotLink.com was invented to share Mike Bianchi and Matt Hayes' latest idiocies. It's going to get be my go-to for sharing any troll attempt for the forseeable future.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

Buck Commander's picture

This man is a pickle licker like Bert Beilema.....old dick snot himself

Every time I set my DVR to record Biggest Loser......It always records Wolverine Football Games!

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TUNBUCK89's picture

I'm no psychiatrist, but I do think his hate for UFM has become an addiction for him. He can't help himelf and in fact nobody can. All we can do is feel sorry for him.......or maybe not!




Bianchi's grudge vs. Meyer is the only thing that makes him relevant among the only audience that gives two turds about what he writes (I.e., Florida Gator fans who regret hiring Muschump). It's old, it's comical and it's pathetic but the idiot has to make a living somehow I guess.

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.


Ugh, double post. sorry

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

rayjack01's picture

What a total jerk. He will get his pay back some day.

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Bianchi's script for Muschamp when recruiting a kid who's torn between Florida and Texas:

Son, I'm not going to lie to you, Texas is a great school.  I had many good years there and think it's an absolutely top notch institution.  Austin is great for the large college town experience.  As far as football goes ... you can't find a better football state than Texas.  Everyone is crazy about the Longhorns.  Mack Brown's departure will only make the program better.  I know for a fact Charlie Strong will raise the level of that program and have them back to national prominence in no time.  I certainly wouldn't blame you if you wanted to go play there - it's just such a great place.

Oh, and Florida is cool too - please sign here so I can keep my job - thanks.


Yeti's have feelings too.

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