The Ohio State Buckeyes are currently in the midst of a quarterback battle the college football game has never seen before. Three signal callers, all capable of leading their team to the pantheon of the sport. One of those being Braxton Miller, who was the starting quarterback before going down prior to last season with an injury. In his stead, J.T. Barrett took over before suffering a season-ending injury himself, which made way for Cardale Jones and an incredible championship finish.
Miller, who is still recuperating from his injury, uploaded a questionable Instagram post on Tuesday night, in which he appeared to promote the nutritional company AdvoCare alongside another man, Brandon Oshodin. For most individuals the photo wouldn’t mean nothing more than a simple advertisement; however, Miller is an NCAA athlete and prohibited, under the NCAA’s rules, from using his likeness to promote a company. Miller (presuming it’s registered under him and not a rogue account) also has an AdvoCare Distributor profile. In addition to AdvoCare, he also plugs Oshodin’s company, Authentik Fitness, in the post. It reads:
Me & the homie @brandonoshodin & @authentikfitness on a mission. Hit me up email@example.com #GrindMode #TheWarmUp.
Miller eventually deleted the photo, but as you know nothing is gone forever on the Internet. Take a look.
Oshodin also uses Miller’s email in an Instagram post of his own plugging AdvoCare and Authentik Fitness. It reads:
You know how them Authentik boys do weights and advocare protein everywhere. Join the us firstname.lastname@example.org.
For this specific purpose, AdvoCare has laid out NCAA recommendations in a document for players and coaches.
AdvoCare products and the AdvoCare opportunity are available to both athletes and coaches involved in NCAA sports. However, it is very important that both NCAA student-athletes and coaches completely understand the rules that govern them. The following information is our recommendation for those governed by NCAA Bylaws. Please note that AdvoCare is not responsible for violations of NCAA rules and that NCAA sanctions can result if NCAA rules are broken. Thus, all parties concerned should have a good understanding of the NCAA rules and consult their institution’s designated athletics department resource individual for any questions on NCAA Bylaws.
One guideline specifically advises against “use of photos of themselves (athletes) on an AdvoCare Microsite, Facebook, Twitter, personal website or any other place where AdvoCare is mentioned.”
The terminology used by Miller is loose, but what we can infer is that he is promoting, in some form or fashion, for AdvoCare and Authentik.
It’ll be interesting to see if this raises any eyebrows with the governing body of collegiate athletics, and if, in fact, Miller did commit any NCAA violations. Someone was apparently quick to tell Miller to pull the post, unless he did so of his own volition.