This is easily my favorite recruiting story of the year.

Ohio State was forced to stop recruiting five-star defensive end Micah Parsons because he received the following improper benefit:

Parsons is unnamed in the self-reported violation records, due to FERPA protection, and is referred to as a “2018 prospective student-athlete.” But he is believed to be the recruit implicated in the report because he was photographed on the College GameDay set and retweeted pictures of him with former Ohio State quarterback and current College GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit, former Ohio State running back and College GameDay celebrity guest picker Eddie George, and College GameDay analyst Lee Corso and host Rece Davis.

While on a campus tour led by football recruiting assistant Ed Terwilliger, the recruit met Herbstreit on the show’s set, took a photo with two College GameDay analysts who are not former Ohio State players — believed to be Corso and Davis — while sitting on-stage, and met George off the set, according to the records. Though recruits on official visits are able to speak with former student-athletes of the school they are visiting, they are not allowed to “have contact with members of the media associated with former student-athletes.”

“As such, a violation of NCAA Bylaws 13.10.1 and occurred, as members of the media may not be present during an institution’s recruiting contact with a prospect and a prospect may not participate in team activities that would make the public or media aware of the prospect’s visit to the institution,” Ohio State’s self-violation report said.

According to the records, Terwilliger allowed the recruit and his parents to enter College GameDay’s production area in front of the set, which is inaccessible to the public. The group was then given credentials by a producer of the show.

Gawd, talk about getting hoisted on your own sanctimonious petard.  Or, to borrow a phrase, it appears Mark Richt has lost control of Kirk Herbstreit.

You’ve got to love the football gods’ sense of humor sometimes.


Filed under ESPN Is The Devil, Recruiting

23 responses to “This is easily my favorite recruiting story of the year.

  1. Uglydawg

    Maximilien Herbie.


  2. Got Cowdog

    What a fun season, karmicly speaking. Booch, Sharkman, Malzahn’s epic lip pooch……..
    If what I think will happen New Years Day happens, we’ll be seeing Dabo and Co. the the following week.


  3. Russ

    I’ll await Herbie’s tweet.


  4. Spike

    They really screwed the pooch there. Me likey..


  5. W Cobb Dawg

    A war of words between corch and herbstreit would be ssweeet!

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  6. Hogbody Spradlin

    An asinine rule (aren’t most if them), but couldn’t happen to a nicer guy than Corch. Embarrassing Herbstreit is a bonus.


  7. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    They can’t recruit him, but does that mean he can’t choose to sign with tOSU anyway? My schadenfreude may be a bit premature. 😦


    • David K.

      Yeah, that’s a good question. It’s fun to laugh at Herbstreit, Corch and OSU, but this kid may have grown up a lifelong fan with a dream of playing there. If he weren’t able to sign that would be messed up if he was just taking pictures.


  8. Bright Idea

    Why not suspend Herbrstreit from all promotion of Ohio State instead of ruling that the kid can’t go there? Don’t other alums get blackballed for helping recruit?


    • Scott

      Agreed. He’s proved on multiple occasions that he’s biased towards the big ten and can’t separate himself from The Ohio Mistake university. He used to be the eye candy for women I guess on espn but his face seems to get fatter by the day and he gets more full of himself.


  9. Scott

    Stuff like this is why I don’t get how people can watch game day anymore. Corso(and yes I know he’s had a stroke) has always been a buffoon, and Herrrbie is a fat faced big 10? homer. Fowler is the only semi professional on that POS show.


  10. 92 grad

    Gameday has lost its identity like a great restaurant that runs itself into the ground because the menu has too many options.

    Do what you do well, which for gameday is just a 2 hour show talking about the game of the week and a brief news cycle about the week in college ball. Their schtick has outgrown itself.


  11. DawgFlan

    Thanks Senator for the volume of posts today! A great distraction from the end-of-year chaos mode at work, home, family, etc…


  12. Mayor

    Quick!! Call Parsons ASAP. I think he may be available!


  13. Dog in Fla

    That wasn’t right. It was a bad deal. And it will forever be in the mind of Irwin Meyers and in the mind of his football team … so we’ll handle it. And it’s going to be a big deal. Corch then hauls Herbie to Section 37F of the junkyard

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  14. Jack Klompus

    Didn’t Herbie scold Parson’s for his tweets criticizing the coaching?

    Oh the irony.