Ohio State has self-imposed postseason bans for three of its varsity sports teams due to NCAA infractions.
Ohio State's women's basketball, women's golf and fencing teams will all be unable to participate in postseason competition for the 2020-21 season as part of self-imposed sanctions by the university in response to an investigation by the NCAA into those programs, the university confirmed in a statement on Tuesday.
“The Ohio State University Department of Athletics is currently working cooperatively with the NCAA Enforcement Staff on an infractions case involving three sports programs: fencing, women’s golf and women’s basketball,” the statement said. “Ohio State has self-imposed post-season competition bans for each of the sports for the 2020-21 year. As always, we are focused on supporting our student-athletes. NCAA rules and procedures prohibit us from sharing more information at this time.”
According to a report by Buckeye Sports Bulletin's Wyatt Crosher, who first reported the news of the postseason bans, former Ohio State women's basketball assistant coach Patrick Klein “violated Ohio State’s sexual harassment policy through text messages and social media interactions with at least 13 student-athletes.” According to the case report of the investigation obtained by BSB, Klein's behavior toward those athletes “consisted of a pervasive pattern of conduct that was reasonably perceived to be sexual in nature and that it interfered with the athletic experience of those student-athletes.” The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions found that Klein also provided gifts to certain athletes, including paying for meals and purchasing gifts