Originally written on Crystal Ball Run  |  Last updated 11/14/14

After one year of running roughshod over the Big Ten, apparently Urban Meyer is already sooooo over everything to do with the conference. Either that, or he’s just plain tired of beating everybody up. Whatever the case, Meyer took the radio airwaves on Thursday and bellowed out a message loud and clear to the rest of the conference: It’s time to step your game up. Below is what Meyer said to Columbus radio station 97.1 The Fan on Thursday morning: Urban Meyer tells 97.1 The Fan he will address the poor recruiting in the B1G directly with those coaches at the upcoming coaches meeting. — jbook (@jbook37) February 7, 2013 Meyer tells the fan it's concerning about the lack of B1G recruiting when there are 11 teams in the SEC up in the top 25 in recruiting. — jbook (@jbook37) February 7, 2013 This news- if it is in fact news- comes on the heels of Meyer’s first Signing Day in Columbus, which went about as well as anyone could’ve planned. The Buckeyes finished with the No. 2 class in the country overall, and maybe more impressive than the sheer amount of talent that Meyer and his staff accumulated, was how they went about acquiring it. As I mentioned in yesterday’s Signing Day Recap, Meyer was able to get a land a bunch of guys he wanted early, sealing up commitments from some like Mike Mitchell, Trey Johnson and Cameron Burrows months before Signing Day. He then focused the final few frenzied weeks closing on a couple of the biggest names left on the board, including four-star Texas running back Dontre Wilson and five-star safety Vonn Bell. It’s safe to say that all is well in Columbus. At the same time, all is not well everywhere else across the Big Ten, where only Michigan finished with a Top 15 class nationally, and only the Buckeyes, Wolverines and Nebraska finished with Top 30 classes nationally. If we really want to push the envelope, Maryland- which will join the Big Ten in the coming years- did finish No. 30 overall. Still, that sorry display of recruiting inefficiency simply isn’t good enough for Meyer who apparently will make his voice heard loud and clear when the conference coaches get together this spring. Now, there are a couple things here, the first being that Wednesday’s recruiting numbers are a tiny bit misleading. Understand that Penn State- which traditionally recruits well- was obviously hampered by scholarship reductions, and Wisconsin was slowed by a late coaching switch. With minimal roster turnover, Michigan State only gave out only 18 scholarships to give out. It has to be assumed that in subsequent years both the Badgers and Spartans will have higher ranked classes than they did this year.   At the same time, Meyer’s concern does make sense. Understand that when Meyer signed up to come to Columbus, he didn’t do it with the intention of winning Big Ten Championships. He came to Columbus to collect crystal balls, just like he- and his contemporaries- did, and continued to do in the SEC. As best we can tell though, the problem lies in the following: If the Big Ten doesn’t bring in good players, they’re not going to produce good teams. And if they don’t produce good teams, it’s going to make it harder to get teams into the eventual four-team college football playoff in two years. And even if they get there, it’ll make harder for them to compete, especially against schools from the SEC (and to a smaller degree Pac-12) that are recruiting at a higher-level and playing a higher-brand of football right now. Basically, Meyer is looking out for the overall health of the conference. Or at least that’s the image he wants to portray publicly anyway. Of course whether Meyer actually takes these concerns to the Big Ten meetings or not, only time will tell. Maybe the mere threat of upsetting King Urban will be enough for fellow Big Ten coaches to quake in their heels and pick up their recruiting games. Actually, you know what might be a better motivator for those Big Ten coaches? Rather than Meyer simply berating the other coaches, it might be in his best interests to just keep kicking their butts. After all, what’s a better motivator than getting your brains beaten in by the Buckeyes every year? Nothing I can think of. For all his opinion, analysis and insight on college football, be sure to follow Aaron on Twitter @Aaron_Torres. Follow Crystal Ball Run on Twitter @CrystalBallRun.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

LeBron's triple-double leads Cavs to win in OT thriller

Report: Adrian Peterson will skip Vikings first OTAs

Corey Brewer: We got our butt kicked, it was embarrassing

Brian Kelly hints Notre Dame will have fast offense

John Madden: Last play of Super Bowl will 'torment' Pete Carroll

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Cristiano Ronaldo nets hat trick, sets career high for goals

WATCH: Cormier tells Jones to get his s-- together

Fans holding 'Free Tom Brady Rally' at Gillette Stadium

Josh Hamilton to be activated by Rangers

WATCH: Top CB recruit makes insane catch doing backflip

Biggest surprises of the MLB season

Most valuable non-QB for each NFL team

Federer unhappy with security after fan comes on court

WATCH: LeBron throws down ferocious dunk in traffic

WATCH: Al Horford ejected for elbowing Matthew Dellavedova

Seahawks fan starts GoFundMe for Russell Wilson's contract

Billy Donovan thanks Florida fans with full-page ad

WATCH: Daniel Cormier gets into it with Ryan Bader

Jim Harbaugh compares his driving to Jeff Gordon's

WATCH: High school seals win with perfect hidden ball trick

Warriors crush Rockets in Houston to take 3-0 series lead

WATCH: D'Angelo Russell whiffs on horrible golf swing

Brian Matusz ejected for having foreign substance on arm

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Most valuable non-QB for each NFL team

WATCH: LeBron's ferocious dunk in traffic

Kelly drops hint about ND offense

John Madden: Last SB play will 'torment' Carroll

Eight biggest surprises of the MLB season

Bryan Price ejected before first pitch

Vin Scully narrates marriage proposal

Pats fan's obituary defends Brady

Marlins players skip own charity event

John Wall tells All-NBA Team voters to ‘keep sleeping’

Jim Kelly: No doubt Tom Brady cheated

Post-combine NBA Draft big board: Top 30

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.