The Ohio State basketball program has been hit with minor NCAA violations surrounding recruiting, according to a report from The Lantern. The Ohio State school newspaper says that the recruiting violations occurred when ESPN College GameDay was on the seen for a September game between the Buckeyes and Oklahoma Sooners.
During the visit, three recruits — Luther Muhammad, Jaedon LeDee, and Elijah Weaver — were allowed on the GameDay set to meet with host Kirk Herbstreit and former Ohio State star running back Eddie George. The meeting violated NCAA rules because Herbstreit is a member of the media.
“If it’s something very minor and I look at this as pretty innocuous with the basketball players, it can happen relatively quick,” Former Marshall compliance director David Ridpath said. “But I’d be stunned if it’s not done in a little while, but certainly it would be done by the season and they don’t really have anything to worry about.”
From the report:
It declared the three prospects ineligible, requiring Ohio State to apply for reinstatement for the student-athletes involved in the violation from the NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement staff. This specific sanction matches what Ohio State self-imposed in its punishment of the football program.
The NCAA also issued a reduction of “two recruiting person days” and forced Penn to sit out one game.
Ohio State self-reported the violations in November.
Muhammad and LeDee both signed with the Buckeyes, while Weaver headed out West to USC.