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Urban Meyer Self-Reports NCAA Violation Over Eight-Second Tim Tebow Phone Call

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Ohio State self-reported 42 violations to the NCAA from across its athletic department in 2013, and one of them stands out above the rest as being particularly noteworthy. Urban Meyer was apparently lunching with Tim Tebow last March, when linebacker recruit Clifton Garrett (who ultimately ended up at LSU) rang him up. The Cleveland Plain Dealer has the gory details on what happened next:

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.

Meyer also solemnly swears that the phone call was not orchestrated from his end in a nefarious attempt for Garrett to exchange a sentence or two with Tebow.

The reason the whole thing even came to light? The notorious Twitter machine, of course:

As a Wisconsin alum, I can only hope that this flagrant disregard for totally reasonable NCAA regulations results in another postseason ban for Ohio State.

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