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Ohio State coach Urban Meyer did not report Florida for a possible secondary NCAA recruiting violation but had knowledge of the situation and approved of the Buckeyes turning in the Florida assistant involved with an alleged impermissible "bump," ESPN.com reported Wednesday.

FoxSports.com first reported the "bump," or illegal contact, between Florida running backs coach Brian White, whom Meyer hired at Florida when he was coach there, and running back-defensive back Curtis Samuel of Erasmus High School in Brooklyn, N.Y.

But Meyer told the Gainesville Sun and The Columbus Dispatch that it wasn't true that he had any involvement in reporting the alleged incident.

"It is absolutely not true that I turned in the University of Florida," Meyer texted to The Dispatch.

Apparently, Ohio State's compliance office handled it, according to ESPN, and sent the information regarding the player-coach contact to the Big Ten office. Meyer only became aware of the report after the fact, an Ohio State spokesman told ESPN.

Meyer was the head coach at Florida from 2005 to 2010 before taking a year off and then landing the job at Ohio State after the 2011 season. He led the Buckeyes to a 12-0 record in his first season in 2012.

Samuel, a four-star recruit, has Ohio State in his top-five schools along with Alabama, Miami, Notre Dame and Rutgers. He eliminated Florida from consideration.
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