Ohio St. fired 2 cheerleading coaches

Updated: November 16, 2013, 4:21 PM ET
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Ohio State fired two assistant cheerleading coaches in May after sexual harassment accusations from cheerleaders, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

The newspaper cited public records that said Eddie Hollins and Dana Bumbrey violated university policies following two anonymous tips to Ohio State's ethics hot line.

Hollins made sexual jokes toward male cheerleaders and and slapped their butts, while Bumbrey made suggestive remarks to female cheerleaders, investigators found.

One male cheerleader said he was removed from the squad after complaining of receiving sexually explicit text messages, his lawyer told the Dispatch.

"Ohio State University has no tolerance for this type of behavior," OSU spokesman Gary Lewis Jr. said in the newspaper report. "The university conducted a complete and thorough investigation and found that the behaviors of Hollins and Bumbrey were inconsistent with university values and violated university policies."

The university also ordered head cheerleading coach Lenee Buchman to attend sexual-harassment training for failing to report the male cheerleader's complaints.

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