CHICAGO — Tuesday morning at Big Ten Media Days, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was asked the following question:
“James Franklin, speaking to the Reading Eagle said that Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan have been negatively recruiting against Penn State. In fairness, I did not get a chance to ask (Jim) Harbaugh but I did (Mark) Dantonio. Could you address that? Is that something that Ohio State does?”
And Meyer gave the following answer:
“Absolutely not. And that's the first time I've heard that. I'll address that with Coach Franklin if that is an issue. That's a pretty strong allegation that I've not heard yet. So that's not been presented to me until this moment. Absolutely not.”
Well, Meyer had a chance to talk to Franklin prior to the Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon here an hour or so later. And he had a chance to read the Q&A that spurred the question.
Asked about the situation later in the day, Meyer diffused the situation.
“I read it. I’d like to meet the person who created that story,” Meyer said. “There’s no story. … James actually came up to me and said, ‘I did not accuse Ohio State of negative recruiting. I looked and I said, ‘You mean a media guy actually created a story? That’s the first time I’ve ever heard of it.’ So there is no story.”
In fairness, to the extent that anything was “created,” it did not appear to be in the Q&A that was written by the Reading Eagle back in June. Rather, it was the interpretation of quotes within the story that led to the question being asked of Meyer and Michigan State coach Mark Datonio.
In case you missed it, read our entire breakdown of the negative recruiting ruckus in the story inset.
In the meantime, prior to the luncheon, Franklin was spotted shaking hands with Harbaugh. During his afternoon press conference, Dantonio said he did not talk to Franklin about the situation but that it was, "No big deal."null