Ohio State is no stranger to NCAA rules violations, having dealt with them several times in various athletic departments in the past few years. But it looks like an investigation into the women’s basketball team has led to a coach’s resignation.
On Friday the school announced that women’s basketball associate head coach Patrick Klein resigned via a letter to the school. The resignation comes one week after he was placed on administrative leave.
Ohio State revealed as part of the announcement that it is dealing with ‘allegations of violations of NCAA rules and university policy.’ Klein had been placed on leave as part of the investigation.
“Ohio State is investigating allegations of violations of NCAA rules and university policy within the women’s basketball program. The university has notified the NCAA. On Friday, July 26, Klein was placed on administrative leave while the university investigates. Ohio State is working diligently to conclude its review of this matter.”
Klein joined Ohio State eight years ago and has been credited by the school’s website as ‘instrumental’ in recruiting. He was promoted to associate head coach before the 2016-17 season. Ohio State would go on to win a share of Big Ten title and made it to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament.
He is also an Ohio State alum, having graduated in 2006.
In his aforementioned letter to the school, Klein apologized for any potential violations he may have caused by his conduct. He referenced ‘communications with some student-athletes’ that may have been ‘too informal’ or ‘inappropriate.’
“Over the course of the past two weeks it has come to my attention that some of my actions as a coach have not adhered strictly to NCAA rules. I’ve also been made aware that in some instances, my communications with some student-athletes may have been too informal or in some cases even inappropriate, violating university policy. I apologize for these mistakes and realize that I should have used better judgment.”
Whatever rules they’ve broken, their proactive approach to dealing with it will hopefully let them avoid the NCAA’s wrath.