ESPN’s College GameDay was involved in a curious situation at Ohio State in which the Buckeyes reportedly agreed to stop recruiting 5-star defensive end Micah Parsons because of self-reported NCAA violations.
As reported by The Lantern’s Colin Hass-Hill, the Buckeyes self-reported the NCAA violations on Sept. 26, which were described as “the result of improper contact that happened during the recruit’s visit to the set of ESPN’s College GameDay at The Oval prior to the Buckeyes’ game against Oklahoma.”
Because of the situation, Ohio State agreed not to continue to recruit Parsons, who’s a 6-foot-3, 235-pound athlete from Harrisburg, Pa. As mentioned in the piece, Parsons is unnamed in the self-reported violations record because of FERPA protection. But the prospect was photographed on the College GameDay set during the visit and retweeted photos of him with three of the show’s members: former Ohio State quarterback Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso and Rece Davis. Parsons also was photographed with former Ohio State running back Eddie George, who served as the guest picker that day.
From one Buckeye to hopefully another Buckeye. Enjoy the time down there g pic.twitter.com/YISInMXJ9g
— TC (@TCT2323) September 9, 2017
— Big Star (@BigStarRawSport) September 9, 2017
— Adam Friedman (@RivalsFriedman) September 10, 2017
Here’s more from the story:
While on a campus tour led by football recruiting assistant Ed Terwilliger, the recruit met Herbstreit on the show’s set, took a photo with two College GameDay analysts who are not former Ohio State players — believed to be Corso and Davis — while sitting on-stage, and met George off the set, according to the records. Though recruits on official visits are able to speak with former student-athletes of the school they are visiting, they are not allowed to “have contact with members of the media associated with former student-athletes.”
“As such, a violation of NCAA Bylaws 13.10.1 and 126.96.36.199 occurred, as members of the media may not be present during an institution’s recruiting contact with a prospect and a prospect may not participate in team activities that would make the public or media aware of the prospect’s visit to the institution,” Ohio State’s self-violation report said.
Be sure to read the entire in-depth piece for why this was a big no-no for Ohio State. But it’s interesting to learn that something like ESPN’s College GameDay can be involved in a self-reported NCAA violation.