Urban Meyer thinks other coaches in the Big 10 aren’t pulling their weight when it comes to recruiting, and the Ohio State coach said he wants to do something about it.
Meyer recently scolded other coaches in the conference for lackluster recruiting, saying that the conference is losing the nation’s top players to the SEC.
“We do need to as a conference need to keep pushing that envelope to be better,” Meyer said to 97.1 The Fan, via Larry Brown Sports. “Our whole conversation [at the Big Ten coaches meeting] needs to be about ‘how do we recruit?’ When you see 11 of the SEC teams are in the top 25 that’s something that we need to improve.”
While Meyer’s remarks aren’t likely to endear him to the other Big 10 coaches, he appears to have more in mind that trash talk. He said he hope to start a conference-wide conversation about how to bring up the level of recruiting and play.
This appeared to lead to a change among Big 10 coaches, Yahoo! Sports noted:
“Eight of the 10 schools that reported figures for both years (Northwestern is a private school and didn’t disclose its budgets and Penn State claimed it hadn’t finalized its 2012 numbers) spent more money on football recruiting in 2012, according to the Gazette, and some had huge increases. Three schools increased their budgets by at least $100,000 and Iowa barely missed the cut with an increase of about $96,000. Nebraska increased its recruiting spending from $478,554 to $752,681, the Gazette reported.”
Urban Meyer’s plans to sit down the other Big 10 coaches sounds like they’re being called to the principal’s office, USA Today noted. But his frustrations are not misplaced — the SEC had 10 teams in Rivals.com’s top 25 classes for 2013, while the Big Ten only had three teams in the top 25: No. 2 Ohio State, No. 5 Michigan and No. 17 Nebraska.