A phone call, an Instagram post and a couple of incidental Twitter posts prompted the Ohio State Buckeyes to self-report six minor NCAA violations on Thursday, according to information relayed by 247Sports.com.
The site links to a .pdf file from Ohio State’s student-ran paper, The Lantern, and that file details the severity of these almost laughable infractions.
Bucknuts, the Ohio State section of 247Sports, did a fine job of chronicling the violations, which aren’t expected to cause any problems for coach Urban Meyer’s program.
The six violations — which took place from Feb. 1-Sept. 10, 2015 — are as follows:
1. An Instagram post from Braxton Miller in March promoting a supplement product.
2. Cardale Jones participating in Cleveland Browns’ cornerback Joe Haden’s celebrity softball game in June.
3. An OSU walk-on, who wasn’t eligible to travel with the team to the Sugar Bowl, traveled with the team to the Sugar Bowl.
4. An impermissible phone call from Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer to a recruit.
5. Cornerbacks/special teams coach Kerry Coombs posting a picture to Twitter of him and several high school coaches in front of the 2014 national championship trophy. (We told you the violations were minor.)
6. A current OSU player tweeting about a 2016 recruit.
According to a report from The Lantern, the Buckeyes self-reported 22 minor violations back in August of 2014–but only four of them were football-related. Those infractions included the unintended misuse of Twitter and some minor publicity-related stuff.
If anything, there may be more social-media training sessions and other refresher courses geared toward the dos don’ts of Twitter and/or Instagram.