Ohio State's Urban Meyer says he won't use Michigan's name, calls recruiting comments 'slander'
Michigan football coach Brady Hoke has drawn fire from Ohio State supporters for his knack of dropping "State" from the school's name.
Now, it appears newly minted Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer has adopted something similar.
Meyer calls Michigan "that team up north" on Ohio State's football facility schedule, and also omitted the block "M" where other logos are pictured.
Thursday, Meyer took it a step further during an interview with WKRK-FM (92.3) in Cleveland by saying "we don't use their name" at all.
Meyer was at the center of controversy recently after Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema and Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio publicly criticized his recruiting practices. He has flipped eight recruits to the Buckeyes, including the Spartans' top recruit, defensive lineman Se'Von Pittman, and Badgers offensive lineman Kyle Dodson.
Bielema has called Meyer's recruiting "illegal," and Dantonio said it was "unethical."
"I was very angry," Meyer said of those characterizations. "When you use those terms, something like illegal, that couldn't be further from the truth. That doesn't happen here, and if it did, we would make a change.
"I was very angry that would even be brought up, and there were fellow Big Ten coaches who were angry as well, and the commissioner (Jim Delaney) was very angry, so to have that make the presses, especially when it's inaccurate, legally you're not allowed to do that. That's slander. You can't use someone's name and then use terms like that. It's very wrong, but we've moved on."
Meyer also commented on how Big Ten play stacks up with play in the SEC, where he coached at Florida from 2005-10.
"I don't think it's that far off. I think it's cyclical. There will be a time when the Big Ten will go get that crystal ball back — I'm hoping sooner than later. ... The thing right now, you look at the recruiting rankings, not that that means a whole lot, but you know what? It does. And there's a lot of SEC teams right now in the top 25, where I think the Big Ten has to get up in there. If you want to have great, great teams and win bowl games, you have to get you some of those players. And, I imagine that's not rocket science. ... I think that's the one area where I do see a difference."
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