An eight-second conversation between Tim Tebow and an Illinois linebacker caused Ohio State to self-report a violation to the NCAA.
Tebow, a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback who started his football career at the University of Florida, was having lunch with Ohio's former head coach Urban Meyer last year. Illinois lineback recruit Clifton Garrett called Meyer during the meal on March 13, 2013.
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"Upon receiving the call, Coach Meyer informed Garrett that he was on vacation and having lunch with friends and family, including Tim Tebow," the Ohio State self-report said, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
"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."
The conversation came to light when the player talked about the phone call on Twitter.
Garrett signed to play football at Louisiana State University on Feb. 5.
After he was cut by the New England Patriots before the start of this past NFL season, Tebow signed a multiyear contract with ESPN to work as a college football analyst for the SEC Network in December, according to ESPN.com.
Tebow will be part of the program "SEC Nation," a traveling football pregame show that will move to different SEC campuses each week. The program will begin before the Texas A&M-South Carolina game in Columbia, S.C., on Aug. 28.
Meyer has compiled a 24-2 record in two seasons at Ohio State University. He has an overall coaching record of 128-25 over 12 seasons that included head coaching stints at Bowling Green and Utah as well as Florida. His Florida teams won national championships in 2006 and 2008.
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