According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Ohio State Buckeyes self-reported a total of 43 secondary violations for all sports in its athletic department in 2013.
Strangely, one of the violations involves former Florida Gators standout Tim Tebow. As the story goes, Tebow and ex-coach Urban Meyer, who nows serves as head man at Ohio State, were having lunch together in March of 2013 when four-star recruit Clifton Garrett gave Meyer a call.
I'll let the Plain Dealer describe the rest of the story:
Upon receiving the call, Coach Meyer informed Garrett that he was on vacation and having lunch with friends and family, including Tim Tebow. Garrett asked Coach Meyer if he could wish Tebow good luck on the upcoming season. Coach Meyer handed the phone to Tebow and Garrett conversed with Tebow for approximately eight seconds. Coach Meyer stated that no recruiting conversation occurred, there was no intent to have Tebow recruit on behalf of Ohio State and he, in fact, did not recruit on behalf of Ohio State.
Çoach Meyer reported that Garrett was not instructed to call by anyone from the Ohio State football staff and that neither he nor Tebow had any other communication with any other prospects during the lunch. Coach Meyer further indicated that Tebow has never spoken with any other prospective Ohio State student-athletes. Coach Meyer understands that the communication between Garrett and Tebow was an error on his part. However, he was adamant that it was a reflexive, courteous action rather than an intentional attempt to involve Tim Tebow in the recruiting process.
No harm, no foul, right?
The whole thing would have gone unnoticed if Garrett hadn't rushed to his Twitter account following the call to announce the conversation to the world. But he did and then Meyer and the Buckeyes were left with no choice but to report the dubious infraction.
As for Garrett, he signed with LSU earlier this month.
Via College Football Talk (Photo: AP)