Ohio State QB Braxton Miller broke NCAA rule with Instagram post
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller broke an NCAA rule last month with an Instagram post that was determined to be a promotion for Advocare nutritional supplements. Though he was technically ineligible while the matter was under consideration, his eligibility has been reinstated “without any conditions,” the school announced Thursday.
On March 24, a photograph was posted to Miller’s Instagram account showing Miller and Brandon Oshodin, who is owner of Authentik Fitness in Columbus, Ohio, seated at a table with an array of Advocare products. Oshodin was later identified as an Advocare dealer.
Miller, a two-time Big Ten offensive player of the year who missed all of last season after a shoulder injury, later deleted the post, but the school investigated. According to the statement, Ohio State reported the violation to the NCAA, which prohibits student athletes from promoting “a commercial product.”
“This was considered a minor violation and the matter is now closed,” the school’s statement said.
Earlier today, the twitter account for Ohio State’s athletic compliance department (@OSUCompliance) tweeted: “Student-athletes may not endorse or promote (in any manner) businesses and/or their products or services. #ProtectYourEligibility”
Miller is part of a three-way quarterback competition for the Buckeyes, who won the College Football Playoff national championship in January.
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