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Ohio State self-reports violation from Tim Tebow call

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Ohio State self-reported a secondary violation involving Tim Tebow.  (USATSI)
Ohio State self-reported a secondary violation involving Tim Tebow. (USATSI)

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It is common for Ohio State, like many schools in BCS conferences, to self-report secondary violations to the NCAA every year. It is not common when one of those violations involves former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow.

According to an open records request from the Northeast Ohio Media Group and Cleveland.com, one of the secondary violations reported by OSU in 2013 was a brief phone conversation between Tebow and a Buckeyes prospect; Clifton Garrett, a linebacker from Illinois who eventually signed with LSU.

Garrett called Urban Meyer while the Buckeyes coach was eating lunch with family and friends on March 9, 2013. Tebow, a quarterback for four years under Meyer at Florida, was with the Buckeyes coach and committed the violation by speaking with Garrett for "approximately eight seconds."

From Ohio State's report, hosted by Cleveland.com:

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.

Coach 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.

Cleveland.com has the rest of the secondary violations detailed on their website. Check it out for more pocket dial and tobacco spit news.

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