Baldwin Wallace ineligible for playoffs
Baldwin Wallace has self-reported to the NCAA that it has incorrectly awarded financial aid to a number of student-athletes and as such, has removed itself from NCAA and Ohio Athletic Conference postseason consideration in all sports for the 2012-13 academic year.
The Yellowjackets men's soccer team was the 6th seed in the OAC tournament and was due to play at Wilmington on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. ET. The Yellowjackets women's soccer team was the 2nd seed in the OAC Tournament and was due to host John Carroll on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.
Both the men's and the women's teams will forfeit their position in the OAC tournament. Thus, on the men's side, Wilmington will advance to play No. 2 John Carroll, and on the women's side, No. 6 John Carroll will advance to the finals and face either No. 4 Ohio Northern or No. 1 Otterbein.
“Recently, mistakes in the application of NCAA regulations
to the awarding of financial aid to a small percentage of our
student-athletes have come to light,” Baldwin Wallace
president Robert Helmer said in a statement, published by the
Canton Repository. “Baldwin Wallace University has
always stood for the highest standards of integrity. For that
reason, we have notified the NCAA that we are withdrawing from any
consideration of postseason play for our athletic teams during the
2012-13 academic year. This was a difficult decision to make, but
one that would certainly be expected of us by the NCAA.
“The University is obligated as an NCAA member to examine any possible failure to maintain full compliance and to take appropriate corrective action. Over the coming months, we will work cooperatively with the NCAA to determine a final resolution of the situation.”
In other fall sports, Baldwin Wallace has been removed from the conference tournament as well, and the football team is not eligible for the NCAA playoffs.
The decision does not affect Baldwin Wallace's regular season win-loss record.