Few things in college athletics can get people up in arms like petty secondary recruiting violations, and a few of the rules broken by Ohio State and its recruits in various sports seem about as inconsequential as possible.
The Lantern published a list of self-reported violations by Ohio State this year, and a few of them are sure to irk college fans. One football violation in particular seems pretty ridiculous.
During an official campus visit from Dec. 13 to 15, a prospective student-athlete and his family were reserved three hotel rooms by the institution: one for the athlete himself, one for his father and brother and one for his mother, who is separated from his father. According to the report, the OSU football staff did not know the prospect’s mother had decided not to attend the visit, and because her room was going unused, the prospect’s brother asked the hotel clerk to allow him to use it instead. The clerk complied with this request because he was a family member. In addition to sending a letter to educate the football staff that emphasized the rules about lodging during official visits, the prospect has been declared ineligible by the institution until he repays the value of the room to a charity.
Despite the fact that the hotel room was already booked for this prospect’s family, he is now on the hook for the room or else he cannot play football this fall. A communication mix-up doesn’t seem like something that should cost an unpaid college player or his family a few hundred dollars.
Other listed violations range from message board posters altering a wrestling camp advertisement, to two men’s volleyball prospects standing near a heater before a cold football game and not returning to their seats in enough time. It is unclear whether or not they were required to pay for the impermissible warmth.