An eight-second conversation that Tim Tebow had with a high school football player turned up as one of the 42 self-reported secondary violations that the Ohio State reported to the NCAA.
It only takes mere seconds to get something wrong, and for Tebow and Ohio State it was those eight seconds that caught them out.
Tebow was having lunch with Ohio coach Urban Meyer when Meyer received a call from high school recruit Clifton Garrett last year.
Garrett was told that Tebow was sitting with Meyer at the time, and the young football player immediately insisted he wanted to talk to the former Broncos and Jets quarterback.
An innocent conversation wishing luck to someone then turned sour when the situation had to be explained to the NCAA.
Despite the short nature of the phone call and the fact that recruiting talk didn't take place, Ohio State were still obliged to report what happened.
“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,” Ohio State’s report of the violation read.
“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."