OSU-Wisconsin Bad Blood Spreads

OSU-Wisconsin Bad Blood Spreads

Deal with it -- some more.

The phrase that launched a thousand hand towels last season applies as much as ever to the multisport Ohio State-Wisconsin rivalry, which once again this week revolved around words as much as results on the field or the court.

No. 3 Ohio State (19-3, 7-2 Big Ten) and No. 19 Wisconsin (18-5, 7-3) play a major basketball game today with first place in the conference on the line, and there was a major verbal dustup in football that seemed to be momentarily settled Friday.

That included OSU football coach Urban Meyer and Athletic Director Gene Smith, in an unusual step that showed how much they wanted to make their point, issuing statements after Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema and Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio both questioned Meyer's recruiting practices. In a little more than two months on the job, Meyer landed a 25-recruit class Wednesday that was ranked among the top five in the country.

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