That rabble-rouser Tim Tebow is in the news again. This time for aiding Urban Meyer in the unholiest of deeds: a secondary violation. Yes, apparently eight seconds in heaven equates to an NCAA no-no. Following is a description from the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
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.
It turns out this wasn’t the only phone related violation to seep out of Ohio State. Meyer has himself a staff full of serial butt-dialers.
The coaches believe that these calls were inadvertent calls on smart phones. Six out of the seven calls were for one minute or less and the other was a two minute call or less. The coaches were unaware that the calls had taken place until the recruiting software flagged the calls in April of 2013.
Thankfully, the compliance office was all over the issue like white on rice. The technologically challenged coaches will receive lessons in how to use those confangled talking boxes.
Specifically, the institution will provide an educational reminder to all coaches encouraging them to implement the locking system on their phone to avoid future inadvertent phone calls.
Your NCAA: protectorate of common courtesy, phone locking, pasta indulgence, hotel internet services, and all the other pedantic crap that you may think doesn’t matter, but-no-trust-us-it-really-does. For more salacious readings, including a riveting tale about a coach and the cup he spits into, click here.