2 days after stop in Michigan, Meyer visits Pa

Urban Meyer created a minor stir at a news conference Friday for

a high school All-Star football game between Ohio and Pennsylvania

without saying a word.

Imagine what Ohio State’s new coach could do on the recruiting

trail in Pennsylvania, long fertile territory for prospective

talent for the Buckeyes. There’s an added twist, too, in the

interstate recruiting battles: Ohio State, Penn State and Pitt each

have new coaches.

”There’s change. There’s maybe a little level of discomfort in

what had happened in Columbus,” Meyer said when asked about how

the dynamics of having three new coaches at each school might

affect recruiting tussles. ”Just keep fighting through it, and

work as hard as you can moving forward.”

Ten minutes late, Meyer was seated before a bank of microphones

right next to the Big Ten’s other high-profile new hire, the

Nittany Lions’ Bill O’Brien, at the news conference to promote the

Big 33 high school football game between Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Also in attendance were Pittsburgh Steelers star quarterback Ben

Roethlisberger, new Pitt coach Paul Chryst and Temple coach Steve

Addazio – Meyer’s offensive coordinator at Florida.

Among the Pennsylvania contingent of coaches at the podium,

Addazio was the dean of the delegation – and he’s only in his

second year.

”I’ll take all the advice I can get,” O’Brien joked.

”Let me tell you something. I’m in no position to give any

advice, OK,” Addazio retorted, drawing chuckles. ”It’s hysterical

to me sometimes how fast our business moves.”

Each member of the Pennsylvania contingent offered Meyer a

cordial welcome upon his late arrival. Later, when they walked out

on stage during a high-tech introduction before at least a couple

hundred people inside an auditorium, Meyer was introduced before

O’Brien – but O’Brien drew the biggest round of applause.

This is still Nittany Lions territory, after all.

”If you compare head coaches, I would say that Urban’s got the

proven track record. I’ve never coached a game yet,” said O’Brien,

the former New England Patriots offensive coordinator entering his

maiden season as a head coach. ”What we try to do at Penn State is

talk about Penn State …. At the end of the day, we worry about

the kids who choose Penn State.”

For Meyer, it was his second trip this week into a hostile

football territory that also lies in a Ohio State recruiting target

area. Meyer was at a high school football camp outside Detroit on

Wednesday to speak to attendees from across the country. Michigan

coach Brady Hoke and Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat

Narduzzi were among other coaches in attendance.

”You don’t have to think about the difference in how it was or

how it’s going to be,” Meyer said Friday about recruiting,

”except that it’s a street fight every day and you work as hard as

you can.”

Meyer and O’Brien are acquaintances from when Meyer was an

assistant at Notre Dame and O’Brien an assistant at Georgia


Chryst, a former assistant at Wisconsin, concurred with O’Brien

that recruiting was about finding the ”right fit.”

”Our job is to let players know, prospects known, who we are.

Then to me it’s about finding a fit,” Chryst said. ”You want

football to be great in this state … we can all be strong with

Pennsylvania kids.”

Chryst made those comments with O’Brien and Addazio sitting

before the microphones – but before Meyer arrived.

Tight end Adam Breneman, who has verbally committed to Penn

State for the Class of 2013, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in

his right knee during offseason drills Thursday and will miss his

senior season at Cedar Cliff High School. Breneman, considered one

of the prospects in the country, chose Penn State over Ohio State.

He told The Patriot-News of Harrisburg that he now intends to

enroll at Penn State early, and that he’s working with Penn State’s

medical staff within NCAA guidelines.