Ohio State basketball has reportedly been hit with minor recruiting violations.
According to a report Thursday by Ohio State University’s student newspaper, The Lantern, the violations date back to Ohio State football’s home game against Oklahoma on Sept. 9, 2017.
On that day, three basketball recruits and a football recruit were making their official visits to Ohio State and were allowed on the set of ESPN’s College GameDay. While on the stage, they met with ESPN analyst and former Ohio State quarterback Kirk Herbstreit and former Ohio State running back Eddie George.
It was determined the visits were not permitted and Ohio State self-reported three violations for each program. As part of its self-imposed punishment, Ohio State football stopped recruiting Micah Parsons, the football recruit on that visit. He ended up at Penn State.
The basketball recruits were reportedly Luther Muhammad, Jaedon LeDee and Elijah Weaver.
According to The Lantern’s Colin Hass-Hill and Edward Sutelan on Thursday, Ohio State didn’t punish its basketball program as harshly as the football program; consequently, it resulted in the NCAA issuing three additional penalties.
The punishment Ohio State put on the basketball program prevented it from returning to any future set for College GameDay for the remainder of the school year. In addition, the report stated that letters were sent to both the program and College GameDay about the violations.
Here are the additional NCAA violations, according to the Lantern 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 [Ohio State basketball director of player development Scoonie Penn] to sit out one game.”
Since that day, Muhammad and LeDee have signed with Ohio State. Weaver went on to sign with USC.
According to the report, the entirety of the punishments Ohio State football self-imposed was ending its recruitment of Parsons and issuing a one-game suspension and letter of reprimand for football recruiting assistant Ed Terwilliger. The Ohio State compliance office also banned every athletics program from “being in the vicinity” of the College GameDay set for the rest of the 2017-18 academic year, according to The Lantern.
According to the report, the NCAA agreed with the football program’s action and concluded that no further action would be taken.
Back when Ohio State stopped recruiting Parsons, his father, Terrance, told The Lantern that the program stopped recruiting his son over a tweet critical of J.T. Barrett that the younger Parsons posted, not because of an NCAA violation.
It is unclear if the basketball recruits have been reinstated at this point. The report stated that Ohio State appealed the ruling, but it is not known if a decision has been reached.
The Lantern stated in the report that neither Ohio State nor the NCAA commented on the report.
To read the full report from The Lantern, click here.