Bowling Green fires Chris Jans for inappropriate behavior in a bar

Bowling Green fired Chris Jans on Thursday after the basketball coach was scene acting inappropriately in a local bar on March 21.
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Bowling Green fired men’s basketball coach Chris Jans on Thursday after receiving a video of him patting a woman’s buttocks in a bar and an eyewitness account of other crude behavior.

Jans appeared intoxicated at a bar on March 21 in Bowling Green, Ohio, where he was recognized by other patrons as the team’s coach. It was there he was seen making several inappropriate advances toward women at the bar.

“On one occasion he grabbed a woman’s head and pushed it downwards toward his crotch,” an eyewitness account obtained by Deadspin from Bowling Green said. “A Single guy, drunk, we can possibly overlook, but certainly inappropriate for a Head Coach representing my university and most definitely not a married man with two children.”


According to Jans’ termination letter, the coach admitted to many of the eyewitnesses allegations but said he pushed the woman’s head toward his body, but not his crotch.

After a brief investigation the university found Jans to be in breach of his contract and terminated him after just one season and a record of 21-12.

“The university concluded that Jans’ public conduct failed to meet his obligations as a head coach and the expectations that BGSU Athletics has for its coaches,” the school said in a statement announcing Jans’ termination.

Jans signed a six-year contract with Bowling Green in March of 2014 after seven years with Wichita State as an assistant.

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