Jack Bauerle, Georgia‚Äôs swimming and diving head coach, has missed two home meets at Gabrielsen Natatorium.
The first came last season when he was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in December 2012.
The other was Saturday against NC State, but came under vastly different circumstances.
Bauerle was suspended from coaching during competition until an academic eligibility review of sophomore swimmer Chase Kalisz is completed, Georgia announced Saturday morning.¬†Georgia officials did not explain why Bauerle was suspended in connection to the investigation or if he is accused of any wrongdoing.
Kalisz, who can‚Äôt compete until the review is completed, won the NCAA title in the 400-meter individual medley last season and set program records in the 200- and 400-meter IM. He also won Southeastern Conference titles in the 200- and 400 IMs last season.
Not only did Bauerle miss his second home meet, but he also wasn‚Äôt present for career wins 500 and 501 after the No. 4 Lady Bulldogs beat the Wolfpack 186-113 and the No. 10 Bulldogs won 156-142.
‚ÄúJack Bauerle is still our head coach whether he‚Äôs there or not,‚Äù athletic director Greg McGarity said of Bauerle reaching the 500-win milestone.
Bauerle, who has coached the women for 35 seasons and the men for 31 seasons, told his team about the suspension Saturday morning before beginning pre-meet warmups, senior Shannon Vreeland said. Senior associate head coach Harvey Humphries, a coach at Georgia for 33 years, led the Bulldogs in Bauerle‚Äôs absence. Bauerle can still coach practice until the suspension is lifted.
McGarity told the Athens Banner-Herald there is no timeline for the academic eligibility review to be completed.
‚ÄúWe knew that he wouldn‚Äôt be here, he told us earlier and he just told us to race hard,‚Äù junior Nic Fink said after the meet. ‚ÄúCoach or no coach, racing is what we‚Äôve been trained to do. It‚Äôs what we practice every day. We were in good hands with Harvey, too, so we weren‚Äôt without a coach. We did miss him, but we got the victory so that‚Äôs all that matters.‚Äù