Big Ten football has another rule breaker on its hands

The Big Ten has found itself in the middle of another recruiting violation situation, marking the beginning of scandal season.
Nov 4, 2023; Piscataway, New Jersey, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes helmets rest on the field before the
Nov 4, 2023; Piscataway, New Jersey, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes helmets rest on the field before the / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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Because it's a day that ends in Y, Big Ten football finds itself in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Over the last few years, the conference has found itself routinely have one problem or another pop up. For most of the last year, the problems have surrounded the Michigan Wolverines. Now it's their hated rival that has come to the forefront.

The Buckeyes self-reported four recruiting violations to the NCAA in the hopes that the school could head off any sort of investigation. To be clear, it's not as though Ohio State is about to find itself losing a ton of scholarships or sitting out a post season.

At the same time, it's getting a bit annoying that schools associated with Big Ten football keep getting themselves into trouble. Even if the trouble is going to fade away in the near future.

The Columbus Dispatch’s Joey Kaufman reported. They were all deemed Level III violations- considered very minor of the three levels – with Level I as the most severe.

All four violations came within a five-month window, according to the report. Perhaps the most serious of the four violations is that they contacted a player before he entered the portal.  

That sort of thing is often called "tampering" though it should be pointed out that Ohio State claims the coach who contacted the player before he entered the portal, immediately stopped contacting the recruit once they didn't enter the portal.

The Big Ten football team submitted the violation to the conference and the NCAA on Aug. 18, stopped recruiting activities for one week and cut down its in-person days and official visits.

Big Ten football has another rule breaker on its hands

As for now, the NCAA hasn't commented on whether they might punish Ohio State further. It seems unlikely the Big Ten tea is going to face much punishment.