How Tim Tebow got Ohio State in trouble
Tim Tebow and Urban Meyer created something special at the University of Florida. Tebow won the Heisman Trophy and together they helped bring home not one, but two BCS National Championship trophies to Gainesville.
But in news released for the first time this week something very interesting happened during some time the two spent together.
Back in 2013 Tebow got his old coach in trouble at Ohio State. Tebow was dining with Meyer when the coach got a call from recruit Clifton Garrett, a linebacker from Illinois who signed with LSU on National Signing Day on Feb. 5.
On March 9, 2013, Garrett called Meyer when Meyer was having lunch with Tebow, the coach told Garrett asked Meyer if he could say hi to Tebow and to wish him good luck in the upcoming season. So without thinking the coached passed the phone over to former star quaterback.
Tebow spoke to Garrett for exactly eight seconds and gave the phone back to Meyer.
Here’s where things start to become silly, even by NCAA standards, and that is saying something. It seems that former players who aren’t employed by a university can’t be involved in recruiting – that includes Tim Tebow talking to a recruit for a reported eight seconds.
According to Cleveland.com here is 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.
Çoach 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.
Ohio State reported the potential rules violation to the NCAA and thus far there has been no action taken. The morale to this story is – Never use a Gator to recruit a Buckeye, nothing good can come from it!