Report: Ohio State had 46 NCAA violations in past year

CBSSports.com wire reports
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Ohio State has reported 46 violations to the NCAA since May 30 of last year.

The school said the infractions were all of secondary nature the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported Friday.

Among the infractions were new football coach Urban Meyer wishing a recruit "good luck" at a high school game in December and athletic director Gene Smith sending a video message to another football recruit.

The athletic department is still reeling from the memorabilia sales and subsequent coverup in 2011 that caused the forced resignation of then-football coach Jim Tressel on May 30, 2011.

The violations were given to the Plain-Dealer as part of an open-records request filed by the news organization asking for every NCAA violation since Tressel left.

Among the other violations reported were assistant football coach Mike Vrabel using smokeless tobacco on the sidelines last season. Also, the Plain-Dealer said many violations were related to assistant coaches -- in football and other sports -- making contacts with recruits who were younger than they were thought to be.

The reported violations showed the diligence OSU is showing to change the culture that thrived under Tressel. OSU compliance director Doug Archie said in a letter to two coaches of minor sports: "... it is the responsibility of each person with the athletics department and within the Ohio State University community to ensure that rules are being followed."

The report comes on the heels of Meyer upsetting many Big Ten coaches over his aggressive recruiting tactics. Meyer has repeatedly has defended some of his actions as not violating NCAA rules.

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