Former Bowling Green head coach Chris Jans has issued an apology for what he called the "inappropriate" actions that led to his firing last week.
The university said Jans was fired after an investigation into his "recent" public conduct, saying he "failed to meet his obligations as a head coach."
Later that day, video was released that showed Jans touching a woman on the buttocks at a local bar. Bowling Green received an email on March 22 accusing Jans of being "sloppy drunk" and making inappropriate advances toward "several women."
"On March 21st I made a mistake for which I sincerely apologize," Jans said in a statement. "After our final loss of the season I went to a bar to be amongst friends, became intoxicated and proceeded to act in a manner which was inappropriate. I have tried to instill in every student I've coached the importance of taking responsibility for one's actions, and that is what I am trying to do now.
"I have been completely forthcoming and honest with the Bowling Green State University administration during this process. I immediately made efforts to apologize to those offended that evening including the woman who approached me that night to chastise me for my conduct. Although I have already apologized to my wife, my family, my players and coaches, I want to now publicly apologize to everyone else, including any one in the BGSU community who may have been affected by this matter — I am truly sorry."
Jans said he plans to "use the future months and years to improve myself as an individual and to show them that their faith in me as a coach, and a person, was not unwarranted."
Bowling Green was his first head coaching job and the Falcons went 21-12 and finished in third place in the MAC East division.
- Molly Geary