Ohio State Basketball Hit With Minor Recruiting Violations Stemming From College GameDay Visit, According To Report

By James Grega on April 19, 2018 at 10:26 am
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The Ohio State basketball program was reportedly hit with NCAA violations – albeit minor violations – during a recruiting weekend in September. 

According to a report from The Lantern, the Buckeye basketball program self-reported violations stemming from a Sept. 9 incident in which multiple recruits visited the set of College GameDay and met with former Ohio State athletes Eddie George and Kirk Herbstreit. The same day, the football program also self-reported the same violation in regards to then-target Micah Parsons

The basketball program, however, didn't give itself as harsh of a punishment according to the report, which resulted in the NCAA coming down slightly harder on Ohio State hoops. 

From The Lantern

The self-imposed punishments were not harsh enough for the NCAA, which added three additional sanctions including one that made the three recruits temporarily ineligible and required Ohio State to apply for reinstatement in order them to play for the Buckeyes.

Ohio State hosted at least three recruits that day, including two players that have since signed letters of intent with the Buckeyes, Jaedon LeDee and Luther Muhammad. LeDee committed to the Buckeyes on Sept. 19, while Muhammad committed three days later. The violations were not reported until Nov. 16 according to the report. 

The Buckeyes have since appealed the ruling, but it is unclear whether or not their appeal has been approved or denied as of Thursday. 

Former Buckeye and current Director of Player Development Scoonie Penn, who admitted the recruits to the set of Gameday, was also suspended for one game during the 2017-18 season according to the report. Penn was absent for Ohio State's regular season finale against Indiana, while he attended the Buckeye Cruise For Cancer. 

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