Urban Meyer against unlimited mail

Updated: February 6, 2013, 8:47 PM ET
By Austin Ward | BuckeyeNation

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With the NCAA proposing unlimited correspondence between programs and recruits as part of its changes to recruiting rules, Urban Meyer's next letter might actually go to fellow coaches.

The Ohio State coach made clear he was no fan of the plans for reform revealed last month by the NCAA's board of directors that allows for limitless communication with recruits through text messages and social media, along with removing all limits on printed recruited materials.

And Meyer is more than willing to share his issues with his colleagues who might see their free time cut down and a playing field that could be tiltled by teams that boast budgets capable of sending some extravagant mail.

"Bad stuff," Meyer said during his signing day news conference on Wednesday. "That's stuff that we're going to have to talk [about], the Big Ten Conference is going to meet and I'm putting together a personal letter to all the coaches in America that I disagree with most of it. I would imagine not many people who have recruited wrote those [rules].

"That's my question: Who comes up with that? Have they actually got in a car and went and recruited sophomores in high school? Think about this for a second -- unlimited mailings and you can mail them whatever you want. Take a deep breath and whoever said that, put that in motion, could you imagine what's going to be rolling into kids' driveways? Fatheads and magnets -- nonsense."

Meyer and the Buckeyes likely would benefit directly from those changes based both on the amount of money the program has to spend and a recruiting staff that already has proven it can maximize its time in putting together the No. 3 class in the country this year, according to RecruitingNation.

But his obvious preference was to keep the current rules in place and clean up the enforcement process, and Meyer certainly won't be hiding those feelings from conference officials or coaches around the nation.

"I don't want to speak on behalf of [Ohio State athletic director] Gene Smith, but I keep hearing deregulation. I'm not a big fan of deregulation," Meyer said. "I'm a fan of really firm, harsh penalties for people who break rules, not saying, 'We can't follow all this stuff so have at it.'

"I don't agree with that at all."

Michigan coach Brady Hoke also expressed fears that the lift on these rules would end poorly for the high school coaches who help facilitate prospects' recruitments.

"For the high school coaches, I think it's a big-time mistake," Hoke said. "[My] philosophy on life: Kids need to be kids. I don't think the rules are helping."

Hoke also said football recruiting should not take its lead from basketball recruiting.

"I know basketball has gone to some of this stuff, but they have an early-signing period," Hoke said. "I think the other part of it is you can't compare basketball and football. It's not even close. They're going to recruit three or five guys a year, so maybe their pool is 25. ... For us, we're going to start with probably 1,500 [prospects in the 2014 class] and we're going to sign 16."

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Ohio State/Big Ten reporter