Ohio State women's hoops associate head coach Patrick Klein resigns amid NCAA investigation

Cassandra Negley
Yahoo Sports Contributor
Ohio State associate head coach Patrick Klein resigned from his position while the school and NCAA investigation potential policy violations. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Ohio State women’s basketball associate head coach Patrick Klein resigned from his position amid an investigation into possible violations of NCAA rules and school policy,  the university announced Friday.

In his resignation letter, Klein wrote it’s “been my privilege to contribute to the success of our student-athletes both on the court and in the classroom” and acknowledged violating policy:

“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 judgement.”

Klein was placed on administrative leave July 26 while the university alerted the NCAA and investigated, per Ohio State’s announcement.

“Ohio State is working diligently to conclude its review of this matter,” the statement read.

Klein completed his eighth year on the Buckeyes staff this spring. Head coach Kevin McGruff promoted him to associated head coach from assistant ahead of the 2016-17 season. According to the school, he was a key recruiter for the team and played a major role in the school’s top-3 recruiting class for 2019.

The Buckeyes went 14-15 last season, including 10-8 in the Big 10, and lost in the first round of the NIT Tournament to Morehead State.

Klein is an Ohio native with degrees from Ohio State and founded the iBELIEVE Foundation in 2011 to “provide leadership, communication and problem solving skills to Appalachian youth.”

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