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
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
”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
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
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.