Baldwin Wallace teams will skip postseason play

The 23 varsity athletic teams from Baldwin Wallace will skip

postseason play this academic year as it investigates mistakes in

awarding financial aid for student-athletes, the school said

Tuesday.

The Division III school in suburban Cleveland said it has

notified the NCAA that the Yellow Jackets are withdrawing from

consideration for any postseason play. University officials said

they will investigate mistakes in how NCAA regulations were applied

to financial aid decisions for ”a small percentage” of its

roughly 500 student-athletes, and take any corrective action if

needed.

”Baldwin Wallace University has always stood for the highest

standards of integrity,” the school president, Dr. Robert C.

Helmer, said in a statement that called the decision

”difficult.”

The ”red flags” that triggered the investigation turned up

during a normal institutional review, said George Richard, the

director of university relations. He wouldn’t explain the nature of

the mistakes or the regulations involved.

Helmer met with coaches and players Tuesday to discuss the

situation before the public announcement, and Richard said they had

”the whole spectrum of responses that you would expect.”

”The important thing is that we came across this,” Richard

said. ”We are going to take steps to find out what happened and to

make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

The decision most immediately affects the football, women’s

volleyball and men’s and women’s soccer teams.

The football team is 7-1 overall and 6-1 in the Ohio Athletic

Conference, tying it with Heidelberg for second place in the

conference standings with two conference games left on the

schedule.

The women’s soccer team also was doing well this season, with a

record of 12-3-4. The team went 6-2-1 in conference play, leaving

it in second place as the OAC tournament began this week.