Barry Alvarez Sides With Urban Meyer, According To Report

Urban Meyer has had trouble making friends in the Big Ten conference ever since being named the new head coach of the Ohio St. Buckeyes, but things boiled over a bit earlier this week following National Signing Day. In particular, Wisconsin Badgers coach Bret Bielema wasn't happy with Meyer's way of recruiting.

It wasn't that Meyer was doing anything technically illegal in the way he recruited his players, but it seems the majority of his Big Ten brethren had an unwritten rule that said "once a player commits to one school, the rest of the schools are forbidden to continue recruiting said player."

Barry Alvarez, Wisconsin's athletic director, has went on record to say that he has no qualms about the way Meyer recruited. In an interview with ESPN's Joe Schad, Alvarez he has not had any discussions about any potential NCAA violations by other schools and that what Meyer did was okay by him.

It'll be interesting to see if there's any further fallout regarding Meyer's recruiting tactics as he continues to embed himself in the Big Ten culture.

For more on the parties involved, visit Ohio State blog Along the Olentangy, Wisconsin blog Bucky's 5th Quarter and Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire.

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