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Oregon State Football Gets NCAA Secondary Violation For Accidentally Recruiting A Hawaii Player

A minor punishment for an embarrassing mixup.

Hawaii v UCLA Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

Remember back in May when Hawaii head coach Nick Rolovich called out the Oregon State staff on Twitter after some of his current players received invitations to OSU’s spring game?

Not exactly the program’s brightest moment. But long story short, it was an accident and Oregon State’s staff self-reported the violation (recruiting players on other D1 teams is a no no) to the NCAA right away. Because they self-reported it, the NCAA was lenient and hit the Beavs with secondary violation. Here’s what that means:

  • OSU is clear of any intentional wrong doing.
  • Oregon State cannot recruit any of the players who received the mailers should they decide to transfer at any point.

Secondary violations happen quite a bit, so this doesn’t mean all that much in the grand scheme of things. Plus, this “punishment” is next to nothing, so it’s just business as usual for Oregon State. And by business, I mean gradually increasing anxiety about the season opener against Ohio State in September.

Whoops. All things considered though, it certainly could have been worse.