MSU, OSU settle game-film issue

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has been accused of bringing SEC-style recruiting tactics to the Big Ten.

Now Meyer's approach to video-tape exchange with opponents is under the microscope.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Michigan State's coaches had an issue about the game film Ohio State sent to them in advance of Saturday's game in East Lansing, Mich. The newspaper initially reported that Michigan State filed a complaint to the Big Ten, and later reported that athletic directors Mark Hollis (MSU) and Gene Smith (OSU) had settled the issue without Big Ten involvement.

From the Free Press' Drew Sharp:

MSU defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi confirmed to the Free Press that MSU contacted the Big Ten and said Ohio State cut off pre-snap motions and shifts before plays on film of its four games before today's 17-16 OSU win at Spartan Stadium.

"We had tape cut off all week, where they changed the tape, I'm not gonna lie to you," Narduzzi said outside the MSU locker room. "They send you tape and they’ve got it all cut off and you don’t get to see shifts or motions or anything else."

Big Ten teams are required to provide game film to each other before they play, with footage shot by their respective video staffs. Narduzzi said MSU contacted Ohio State's non-league opponents and got film from them.

"A few other teams we talked to that they played, and we compared what they were looking at on tape to what we were looking at," he said. "We're like 'We don't see any of that. We see it on their tape but not on our tape.' So that's something I'm sure the Big Ten office will hopefully take care of."

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio and Hollis declined to comment about the film issue, while Meyer said, "There is no video issue here." Narduzzi added that Michigan State didn't get any film from Ohio State until Thursday, which is later than normal.

Big Ten teams regularly exchange coaches' copies of game film before matchups. Although every Big Ten game is televised and those tapes can be accessed, the coaches' film provides different angles that help immensely in game prep.