The University of Georgia announced Friday that swimming and diving coach Jack Bauerle was suspended from “all job-related responsibilities effective immediately” after receiving a notice of allegations of NCAA violations.
The NCAA alleged in the notice issued Wednesday that Bauerle made “special arrangements” on Dec. 10, 2013, with a professor to add men’s swimmer Chase Kalisz to a course for the fall 2013 semester. Classes for the semester already ended and final exams were under way.
Kalisz, a sophomore from Bel Air, Md., received a passing grade on Dec. 16 “despite not completing any work for the class,” according to the NCAA letter to UGA President Jere Morehead.
The case is considered a “severe breach of conduct,” according to the NCAA notice that alleged Bauerle violated NCAA bylaws.
Kalisz’s name and the name of the professor leading the class were redacted from information released by UGA on Friday. However, Kalisz was suspended by Georgia on Jan. 4 before his eligibility was restored two weeks later. He later won the NCAA 400 meter individual medley with an American record.
Bauerle initially was suspended by Georgia at the same time as Kalisz pending an “academic eligibility review” by the school and he never coached at meets again during the season. He was, though, permitted to coach the team in practice.
“Allegations of this nature are extremely disappointing and we will continue to fully cooperate with the NCAA staff on this matter,” athletic director Greg McGarity said in a news release sent Friday. “Until this matter has concluded, head swimming and diving coach Jack Bauerle will be suspended from all job-related responsibilities effective immediately.”
In the NCAA notice, the organization alleges Bauerle arranged with the professor for Kalisz to receive an incomplete for the course and to complete the work in late December or early January to get the passing grade so “the course would provide a buffer in case the student-athlete did not pass all of his fall semester classes. The … instructor, however, made a clerical error and provided the student-athlete with a passing grade for the course.”
Athletic department personnel gave “repeated instructions” to Bauerle not to have a course added to Kalisz’s schedule, according to the notice of allegations. Senior associate athletic director Glada Horvat emailed athletic academic advisor Ashley Montgomery recommending the class not be added.
Georgia received a notice of inquiry from the NCAA on Jan. 14 after the school investigated.
“While I am disappointed about the Notice of Allegations, I am proud of the Athletic Department’s response to this matter,” Morehead said in a statement. “The University of Georgia takes its compliance obligations seriously. We have cooperated fully with the NCAA throughout the investigation, and we will continue to do so in order to bring the matter to an appropriate conclusion.”
Bauerle is a hall of fame coach who was the head coach for the U.S. women at the 2008 Beijing Olympics when it won 14 medals and is one of six coaches in NCAA history to reach 500 wins. He’s coached the Georgia women since 1979 and the men since 1983.
Georgia got the NCAA Notice of Allegations four days after the Georgia men’s team finished fifth in the NCAA championships with Bauerle not at the meet in Austin, Texas, due to the investigation.
Georgia’s women won their second straight NCAA championship a week earlier in Minneapolis with Bauerle also not on the trip. It was the sixth national title in program history with Bauerle as head coach.
The team won its fifth straight SEC title this season while Bauerle was in attendance as Georgia hosted the meet, but he was not permitted on the swim deck during competition.
“I regret that I have placed the University of Georgia, an institution I dearly love and have given my heart and soul to for 44 years, in this situation,” Bauerle said in a statement. “While I do not agree with the charges in the way the NCAA has framed them, I made a mistake. I want to emphasize unequivocally that the student-athlete involved in this matter did nothing wrong. Not one thing. I take full responsibility for my actions.”
Bauerle pointed to the academic accomplishments of his swimmers including 28 NCAA postgraduate scholarship winners and seven SEC scholar-athlete award winners.
“It saddens me that our coaches, student-athletes and support staff — through no fault of their own — were drawn into this matter,” he said.
Senior associate head coach Harvey Humphries, who stepped in for Bauerle during the season, will serve as acting head coach.
Mike Glazier, an attorney in Overland Park, Kan., who specializes in NCAA compliance matters, is serving as the counsel for UGA in the case. His email to NCAA assistant director of enforcement Katherine Sulentic on March 17 included information on the total number of late adds in the 2013 fall semester, but that specific number isn’t listed.
Glazier, a former NCAA investigator, told the Athens Banner-Herald in 2012 that his firm may appear before the NCAA infractions committee more than six times a year.
Georgia has had six major infractions cases since 1978.
The university has 90 days to respond to the allegations and the NCAA enforcement staff will then have 60 days before issuing a final report to the Committee on Infractions before Georgia officials appear before the committee.
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