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It’s no secret that “The Ohio State University” Buckeyes football program has run faced disciplinary actions by the NCAA. Once again, the University’s is being accused of a secondary violations which occurred in 2013 which are likely to have NCAA president Mark Emmert and others laughing.
In early 2011, Ohio State faced sanctions for a humorously serious violation after football players, including former Oregon recruit Terrelle Pryor, were trading Buckeye football memorabilia for tattoos. What made the situation worse was that head coach Jim Tressel reportedly knew about the trades more than eight months before the school was made aware of the situations. On top of the five players having to repay the benefits earned, Tressel’s contract was broken by failing to inform Athletic Director Gene Smith of the university.
According to the Northeast Ohio Media Group’s Doug Lesmerises, a recent Sports Illustrated investigation detailing Ohio State’s secondary NCAA violations over the past year uncovered some minor missteps, including one particularly amusing compliance report involving former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow and an eight-second phone conversation.
That’s right, the bombshell violation featured one of the most polarizing football players on the planet. Here’s what happened: Linebacker prospect Clifton Garrett, who signed with LSU on Feb. 5, called Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer on March 9, 2013, only to find out he was on vacation and eating lunch with Tebow.
Here’s what happened next, per the school’s self-report via Lesmerises:
During a phone call with a possible recruit , 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.
Although NCAA violations often land schools and teams in hot water, minor infractions like these provide a refreshing change of pace from what typically dominates the headlines during the offseason in college sports.
It remains to be seen how the NCAA will respond to Ohio State’s self-reported secondary violations and what improvements the university will make in 2014. But for now, it’s clear that the potential punishment for serious violations has led schools and athletic programs down an honest path. Read more here
SOURCE: The Bleacher Report
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In 2009, Florida State University was given the nickname “Free Shoe University,” because agents purchased more than $6,000 worth of shoes for Seminoles players. In addition, cases of academic fraud were uncovered from 2007, which would lead to 10 school teams losing scholarships and vacating wins. While the NCAA did not name the athletes, FSU banned 23 football players from attending the 2007 Music City Bowl. According to the NCAA report, academic fraud is the worst of all NCAA violations. Read more here
ESPN.com is reporting that former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow has agreed to a multi-year deal to join ESPN as an analyst for the SEC Network, it was announced Monday.
“I am so excited that ESPN has given me this incredible opportunity,” Tebow said in a statement. “When I was 6 years old, I fell in love with the game of football, and while I continue to pursue my dream of playing quarterback in the NFL, this is an amazing opportunity to be part of the unparalleled passion of college football and the SEC.”
Tebow’s primary role with the new network will be as an analyst for “SEC Nation,” a traveling football pregame show that will originate from a different SEC campus each week. The show will debut before the Texas A&M-South Carolina game in Columbia, S.C., on Aug. 28.
Tim Tebow has an estimated net worth of $3 million.
The former Florida quarterback also will contribute to a variety of ESPN platforms, including “SportsCenter,” ESPN Radio and the network’s Heisman Trophy coverage.
Tebow will make his debut as an analyst on Jan. 6 during ESPN’s pregame coverage of the Vizio BCS National Championship.
“Tim is an SEC icon with a national fan base and broad appeal. He will be a significant contributor to the compelling content we will deliver with the SEC Network,” said Justin Connolly, ESPN senior vice president, programming, college networks. “Tim brings a wealth of knowledge about the game, the conference and the passion among SEC fans.”
Tebow’s role with ESPN will not preclude him from continuing to pursue opportunities in the NFL. He was with the New England Patriots before being released prior to the regular season. He also has played for the New York Jets and Denver Broncos.
Tim Tebow Heisman 2007
On December 8, 2007, Tebow was awarded the Heisman Trophy, finishing ahead of Arkansas’s Darren McFadden, Hawaii’s Colt Brennan, and Missouri’s Chase Daniel. He was the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy. He garnered 462 first-place votes and 1,957 points, 254 points ahead of the runner-up, Arkansas running back Darren McFadden. He finished the regular season as the only player in FBS history to rush and pass for at least 20 touchdowns in both categories in the same season. He had 32 passing touchdowns, and 23 rushing touchdowns. Tebow’s rushing TD total in the 2007 season is the most recorded for any position in SEC history. The total also set the record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in FBS history. Tebow became the third UF player to win the Heisman Trophy, joining Steve Spurrier and Danny Wuerffel.
Tebow will enter Tuesday’s minicamp as New England’s third-string QB, behind Tom Brady and Ryan Mallett.
Tim Tebow’s career has been in limbo since he was released by the New York Jets on April 29th.
Since then many wondered if the controversial QB was done in the NFL. Many speculated that Tebow would join the arena football league.
Despite previous rumors otherwise, Tebow is not being tried at tight end, although it would be in Tebow’s best interests to be open to playing any position.
He’s avoided trying tight end in the past.
Obviously, Tebow is not going to be a major threat for playing time behind future Hall of Famer Brady and young, strong-armed backup Mallett.
The Pats may be simply kicking the tires on the former Josh McDaniels draft pick.
Tebow has never failed at any level of football. He was one of the greatest college football players of all time after being a high school legend. He then was a first-round draft pick and helped turn the Denver Broncos around. He led them to a stirring playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers with an overtime pass.
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Thomas Edward Patrick “Tom” Brady, Jr. is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. Wikipedia
- Salary: 6.4 million USD (2013)
Ryan Mallett, nicknamed “Big Tex,” is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League, taken in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football for the Arkansas Razorbacks. Wikipedia
- Salary: 508,992 USD (2012)
Timothy Richard “Tim” Tebow is an American football player for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He has previously played quarterback for both the New York Jets and Denver Broncos. Wikipedia
- Salary: 2.1 million USD (2012)
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Sports News sources at ESPN say “Bill Belichick “does not hate Tim Tebow.”
Bill Belichick ” It’s ‘completely untrue’ that I hate Tim Tebow.”
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has gone on the record about NFL free agent Tim Tebow. A May 9 story published on Yahoo Sports news quoted a source who said that head coach Bill Belichick “hates” Tebow as a player.
Beliche told sources that he doesn’t hate the former Jets quarterback as a player. “Every single player has strengths and weaknesses. But regardless of that, for anyone to have represented that is the way I feel about Tim Tebow is completely untrue, baseless and irresponsible,” Belichick said, via ESPN Boston. “It is unfortunate that something so inaccurate was reported.”
Belichick was also asked if the Patriots had any interest in signing Tebow as a free agent and, as Belichick is wont to do, he simply sidestepped the question.
“I wouldn’t get into the probability of us pursuing any free agent,” Belichick said.
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You definitely go through a stage, most coaches do, where you see a good player and you get enamored…You really like what the player does, but then when you put him into your system, it’s not quite the same player that he was in another system. He has some strengths, but you can’t utilize all those strengths. If you try to utilize all his strengths, you end up weakening a lot of other players who are already in your system. Quote - Bill Belichick
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