Friday, February 3, 2012

Did Bret Bielema lie about his boss meeting Big Ten commissioner about Urban Meyer's recruiting practices?

Wisconsin head football coach Bret Bielema, was more than a miffed over rival Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer's recruiting policies. Notably the ones involving getting high school players who had verbally committed to one school to flip their commitment over to Ohio St.  Bielema want as far to claim that his boss, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, was going to meet with Big Ten commissioner  Jim Delany over Meyer's actions.

The only problem is that he seems to have made the story up. Alvarez has denied any knowledge of the meeting when asked about it by ESPN's Joe Schad.

"Colleague Joe Schad caught up Friday with Alvarez, who said he has no issue with coaches "flipping" recruits who had committed to another school. Meyer flipped several for Ohio State's class, including offensive lineman Kyle Dodson, a Wisconsin commit.
"Recruiting is recruiting until they sign," Alvarez told Schad. "If we had somebody who changed their mind and came to us, that's OK. Urban [Meyer] was very aggressive but there is no pact within the conference not to continue to recruit. It's open season until they sign."
Alvarez also said he's unaware of any "illegal" tactics by Meyer and hasn't spoken with Delany."

It seems that Alvarez is going to be having a completely different meeting with Bielema in his office. It's probable Alvarez is probably going to be doing more of the talking. 

(via ESPN)

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