Ohio State football reports four minor violations in 2019-20

Joey Kaufman
Buckeye Xtra
Ohio State's violations included impermissible contact with recruits in the days after OSU's season-opening victory over Florida Atlantic. [Adam Cairns/Dispatch]

Ohio State’s football program committed four minor NCAA infractions during the 2019-20 school year.

The university released a report detailing the violations to The Dispatch on Wednesday in response to a public records request. All were submitted to the NCAA and resolved, according to the report.

The violations reported by the school included impermissible contact with recruits, stemming from text messages sent by two unnamed assistant coaches and a member of the support staff in the days following last season’s opening victory over Florida Atlantic.

The coaching staff had been prohibited from sending electronic messages during the first week of September 2019 due to previously committed secondary violations.

“All text messages would have otherwise been permissible to send if the self‐imposed penalty had not been in place,” the report said.

The texts were sent on Sept. 1 and 2. One assistant responded to a recruit who thanked him for inviting him to the season opener. The other answered a text from a recruit offering congratulations for the win.

They resulted in an additional one-week limit on messaging recruits for the involved assistants and staff member.

Other infractions included excessive preseason expenses given to a player, who was asked to repay the over-awarded amount of $221 to a charity. The name of the player was redacted by the school under the Family Education Right and Privacy Act.

Another was for allowing six unnamed recruits to park without a permit at a surface lot near the Woody Hayes Athletic Center while they were unofficially visiting for a game against Cincinnati on Sept. 7. It led to additional education provided to the football recruiting staff.

An unnamed player also was allowed to join the team during the last year without his eligibility paperwork being processed.