Two Ohio State University cheerleading assistant coaches were fired from their jobs after alleged sexual misconduct. However, the head coach was seemingly caught in the crossfire as she was also dismissed from her job for supposedly looking the other way when it came to the assistant coaches' inappropriate behavior.
The school's Athletic Director informed the cheerleading team about the dismissals. A fifth-year student, who made the harassment complaint, was present during the director's announcement. The 44-year-old coach allegedly removed the student from the team after she complained that one of the assistant coaches sent her lewd text messages. According to the investigation results, the assistant coaches made inappropriate remarks as well as sexual jokes to the female cheerleaders. According to the student's legal counsel, there was no way the head coach was unaware of the assistant coaches' actions. After the firing of the coaches, the fifth-year student was reinstated onto the cheerleading team.