Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Ohio State self-reported to the NCAA the eight-second conversation between Tim Tebow and former recruit Clifton Garrett last March.
It was Ohio State coach Urban Meyer whom Garrett called, but the former handed the phone to his former Florida QB Tebow.
According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Meyer told Garrett he was on vacation and having lunch with friends and family, which included Tebow. Garrett then asked Meyer whether he could wish Tebow luck on the upcoming NFL season and the coach obliged.
Meyer said he wasn’t using Tebow to lure Garrett, a linebacker, to the Buckeyes.
But it still amounted to a minor violation of NCAA rules.
The violation went public when Garrett, who ultimately committed to LSU, later tweeted about it.
Ohio State reported 42 secondary infractions to the NCAA across all sports during 2013.
Among the other violations reported were “inadvertent calls on smart phones” — also known as pocket dials — to recruits by coaches.