The Ohio State Athletic Department was sentenced to four years probation and slapped with other penalties following self-reported recruiting and policy violations in three women’s sports, including basketball. ball.
The other violations, as noted in a report released by the NCAA’s Division I Violations Committee on Tuesday, related to women’s fencing and golf programs between 2015 and 2019. The university itself reported the violations and in December 2020 imposed a post-season ban for all three sports in 2020-21.
The violations in women’s basketball were tied to former associate coach Patrick Klein, who in his August 2019 resignation letter admitted he had violated policies with players and rookies.
“As part of his efforts to build personal relationships with student-athletes, the associate head coach provided them with impermissible perks, including payment for manicures, loaning money for rental cars, and purchase of textbooks for a student-athlete who was not on scholarship,” the report said.
The basketball team will have 52 undone wins and will lose the regular-season Big Ten titles in 2017 and 2018, as well as the 2018 conference tournament crown.
Violations found in the other two sports included exceeding set practice hours in golf and inducing fencing recruits by giving them free meals, lessons and access to state facilities. Ohio.
Fencing coach Vladimir Nazlymov, who developed Ohio State’s program into a national power in his 19 years, retired in 2018. Longtime golf coach Therese Hession, who has coached for 30 years and is a member of the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame, retiring in January.
“I am proud of our university, our athletics department, and the athletic programs involved in our handling of this matter,” Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith said in a statement. “We are committed to our proactive, pre-existing system of compliance and rule education methods.”
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