Keep your cellphone away from your young children, college football coaches. Don't let what happened to Zach Smith happen to you.
According to documents obtained by The Lantern, Ohio State's student newspaper, Smith, the Buckeyes' wide receivers coach, illegally sent a text message to a recruit. It wasn't actually Smith that sent the message, though. It was his four-year-old son.
That text message was one of the eight minor NCAA and Big Ten violations Ohio State self-reported in 2014.
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From the report:
OSU wide receivers coach Zach Smith’s son picked up his father’s cell phone when a recruit called on May 27, and accidentally sent an automatic text message in return.
The university sent a letter of education to the football coaches after the incident in regards to NCAA texting rules and phone security. The NCAA did not review the case as part of its interpretations philosophy, which allows for flexibility when reviewing rule violations.
A lock code on your phone might be a good idea, Coach Smith.
Due to the self-reported violations, Ohio State's coaches were prohibited from making recruiting phone calls for one week. The NCAA did not impose any further sanctions.