Ohio State assistant women's basketball coach Patrick Klein has resigned after the university announced Friday it is investigating allegations of violations of NCAA rules and university policy within the program.
The Ohio State athletic department released the following statement:
“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.”
While Klein was placed on administrative leave one week ago, he made the move to resign on Friday.
“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,” Klein said in his resignation letter to the university. “I've also been made aware that in some instances, my communications with some student-athletes 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.
In light of the above, I've determined that it's in my best interests, as well as the program's, to resign and take time to reflect, spend time with family, and focus on the next chapter of my professional career. I wish Coach McGuff and the Ohio State women's basketball program nothing but continued success.”
Klein has served as an assistant for eight years under coaches Jim Foster and Kevin McGuff and has been an integral part of Ohio State's recruiting efforts.