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Tim Tebow: Eight-second phone call results in Ohio State violation from NCAA

Tim Tebow's eight-second phone call caused an NCAA violation.
Tim Tebow's eight-second phone call caused an NCAA violation.
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Ohio State University presented 42 self-reported secondary violations to the NCAA, and one of those was an eight-second phone call by Tim Tebow. The NY Post reported on Feb. 27, 2014, that Tebow spoke to an Ohio State recruit for eight seconds, and it ended up making the list of no-nos from the university.

While on vacation, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer received a phone call from a recruit by the name of Clifton Garrett. Sitting immediately next to Meyer was his family and also, Tim Tebow.

Upon learning that the former quarterback was sitting nearby, Garrett saked Meyer if it would be alright to speak with him for a minute. Garrett simply wanted to wish him good luck in the next season. That phone call lasted a mere eight seconds, but it was enough to make the list of NCAA violations.

"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."

Shortly after the phone call was completed, Garrett hopped on Twitter and let the world know what had happened. Obviously, the phone call to Meyer and speaking to Tim Tebow was enough to make him incredibly excited.

"I just called Coach Meyer just ta(sic) see whats up and next thing you know I was talking on the phone with TIM TEBOW!!! #InShockRightNow #Insane!"

The phone call placed to Urban Meyer on Mar. 9, 2013, and in which Tebow took part in, wasn't enough to swing Garrett's signing to Ohio State. Clifton Garrett ended up signing with LSU on Feb. 5, 2014.

Some other violations included on Ohio State's list include that of "inadvertent calls made to recruits." Those are better known as "butt dials," and appeared to happen more than enough times for Ohio State to report them to the NCAA.

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