Tim Tebow violated recruiting rules with Urban Meyer

Tim Tebow broke an NCAA recruiting role… but how, exactly?

2/28/14 in NCAAF   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Florida Gators former quarterback Tim Tebow in attendance before the 2014 BCS National Championship game between the Auburn Tigers and the Florida State Seminoles at the Rose Bowl.  Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY SportsTim Tebow is out of NCAA football, but he still talks to his former coach Urban Meyer, and apparently goes on vacations with him once in a while.

A potential Ohio State recruit gave Meyer a call last year, and Meyer told the recruit that he was eating with friends and family, including Tebow. Meyer gave Tebow the phone for 8 seconds, and apparently that was technically a violation of the NCAA's recruiting rules, which state that former players are prohibited from talking to recruits on behalf of a school.

Obviously, that wasn't remotely Tebow's intent, and the statement released by Ohio State said as much:
"Upon receiving the call, Coach Meyer informed [recruit Clifton] 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.
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This is clearly just another example of NCAA rules being a little too heavy-handed and ridiculous.

In the end, it didn't even make a difference. Garrett ended up signing with LSU anyway.
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