Gene Smith statement on recruiting flap

Earlier today, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez told ESPN.com he was unaware of any recruiting violations by Ohio State's Urban Meyer in the wake of Badgers coach Bret Bielema saying Meyer had used "illegal" methods.

Meyer reportedly shot back at Bielema and some comments from Michigan State at a high school coaches' clinic on Friday.

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith has weighed in, too, and he's not happy with what Bielema said. Here is a statement from Smith sent out from the Buckeyes this afternoon:

“I am disappointed that negative references have been made about our football coaches, and particularly head coach Urban Meyer regarding recruiting. In our league appropriate protocol, if you have concerns, is to share those concerns with your Athletic Director (AD). Then your AD will make the determination on the appropriate communication from that point forward. The ADs in our league are professionals and communicate with each other extremely well. Urban Meyer and his staff have had a compliance conscience since they have arrived.”

In case you're wondering, Ohio State plays at Wisconsin on Nov. 17. There might be a little bit of interest in that game.