Urban Meyer denies turning in Florida for secondary violation

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer

Urban Meyer denies turning in his former school for an NCAA violation
Urban Meyer denies turning in his former school for an NCAA violation. (USATSI)

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer denies reporting Florida assistant coach Brian White to the NCAA for a secondary violation.

On Tuesday, a report from FoxSports.com said Meyer had turned in the assistant whom he hired at Florida for a "bump" violation related to the recruitment of Curtis Samuel, a running back/defensive back from Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, NY. A bump violation is a secondary violation that involves contact between coaches and recruits during noncontact periods of recruiting.

Meyer denied reporting White to anybody in a text message to the Columbus Dispatch on Wednesday.

"It is absolutely not true that I turned in the University of Florida," Meyer texted.

Though that doesn't mean Ohio State didn't report the violation to the NCAA. According to an Ohio State spokesman, somebody in the school's compliance department read that there might have been contact between White and Samuel on a recruiting site and they let the Big Ten know of the possible violation.

A four-star athlete, Samuel has Ohio State, Alabama, Miami, Notre Dame and Rutgers in his top five. He is no longer considering Florida.

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