Tim Tebow’s 8-second call reported by Ohio State to NCAA


He still draws a crowd. (Elise Amendola / AP)

It’s not often that “Tim Tebow” and “trouble” are used in the same sentence, but Ohio State is taking no chances over a brief phone call involving the former quarterback and an Ohio State recruit.

It seems that Tebow, the former Heisman Trophy winner and two-time national champion at Florida, was hanging out with Urban Meyer, his former college coach who now toils at Ohio State, when Meyer was speaking with recruit Clifton Garrett on the phone. Garrett, according to Cleveland.com, asked to speak to Tebow and an eight-second conversation ensued.

That’s the kind of thing the NCAA frowns upon, so Ohio State included it when it self-reported 42 violations to the NCAA in 2013.

“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.”

Garrett was pretty excited about the call, but ended up at LSU.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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