More Details on Time Between Utah Dual Meet and Eric Hansen’s Leave of Absence

  110 SwimSwam Staff | January 21st, 2014 | College, Featured, News, Pac-12

SwimSwam has received more information on what happened in the lead-up to former head coach Eric Hansen’s initial leave of absence from the University of Arizona.

Upon returning to Tucson from the men’s team’s dual meet loss to the University of Utah late Saturday, the men’s swim team was ordered to report to the pool for a practice.

Update to the above: there have been several conflicting stories about the practice mentioned above and what time it happened, though all parties agree that there was a practice sometime late after the team arrived back to campus on October 19th.

On October 20th, police and emergency personnel were called to Hansen’s residence in Tucson, where Hansen resided with a male roommate, the deputy responding to the case told SwimSwam today. This call did not involve any physical altercations, according to the responding deputy. Due to the personal nature of the matter, we believe that it is beyond ethical journalistic guidelines to report further details on this call, specifically.

No arrests were made after that call, and SwimSwam was unable to locate any other indication of further or prior legal incidents, calls, or complaints involving Hansen.

Hansen’s leave was formally announced by Athletic Director Greg Byrne on October 22nd.

The university has declined repeatedly to comment about the reason for Hansen’s initial leave of absence, and we continue to be unable to reach Hansen directly. Therefore, we cannot verify that any of the above is related to his resignation or leave of absence, rather the information is presented as what happened between the team’s return to Tucson and the announcement that he had taken a leave of absence.

The intent of sharing this information is to address many of the rumors that we have heard circulating about possible incidents that may have happened between the team’s return from Utah and Hansen’s leave of absence that would have likely included further investigation or reports from Pima County Police. At the same time, we cannot guarantee that no complaints have been made or crimes committed, we can only say definitively that after a thorough search, we found no crimes, allegations of crimes, or any other police reports that were filed.

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110 Comments on "More Details on Time Between Utah Dual Meet and Eric Hansen’s Leave of Absence"


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Steve Nolan
2 years 8 months ago

Well, that certainly clears that up.

Joe Momma
2 years 8 months ago

It really does clear things up!!!!! I tried reading between the lines but it is tough because my iPhone screen is scratched.

Now that we got to the bottom of this case, can anyone say what is going in with the coach from the U of Georgia?

Dolla Sign
2 years 8 months ago

Can someone explain this to me in a simpler form?

dmswim
2 years 8 months ago

What I got from it was that the leave of absence was either related to making the kids practice in the middle of the night or it was was related to the “domestic disturbance” at Hansen’s home. Not that that tells us much.

Nomad
2 years 8 months ago

I’m confused…. Did the mens team really go practice when they got in at 2 am?…. Isn’t that more than likely against NCAA rules… gotta fit those hours in boys.

And… if there were no physical altercations….?…… This whole thing still feels very very fishy.

This article literally made this whole thing more confusing and more mysterious…

Anonymous
2 years 8 months ago

The chain of events if I was on the team and the coach just declared there was going to be practice at 7am after arriving at 2am:
1. Ignore the coach and sleep in
2. If I was punished in any way I would give the coach one chance to withdraw the punishment or else I would go to the AD.

kona
2 years 8 months ago

did you realize that they practice at 2 am? couldn’t tell from your comments.

anonymous
2 years 8 months ago

No, I did not realize they practiced at 2AM – likely because I cannot comprehend that level of lunacy. But if that is the case, I would have gone home and spoken to the AD the next day and done everything in my power to get the coach fired.

anonymous 2
2 years 8 months ago

Thats whats wrong with the sport right there. Be tough, suck it up and go to practice or quit. I can’t imagine this is what led to the firing of a coach, but people who complain to higher administration and put added pressure on a coach for doing his job and making his team better is the kind of stuff that forces people out.

anonymous
2 years 8 months ago

Why should the swimmer have to quit, as you say? Get the coach fired – problem solved.

anonymous 2
2 years 8 months ago

Because that is incredibly selfish and most likely hurts the program and the swimmers who succeeded under that coach. But I doubt that would stop people who think the world revolves around them from crying to higher ups the minute they are pushed out of their comfort zone. How about trusting the coach you signed with to make you better? He’s probably more knowledgable and valuable than a single swimmer who just doesn’t want to work hard.

anonymous
2 years 8 months ago

This isn’t the military where there needs to be strict chain of command and obedience to orders. If this happened at a military university I would potentially understand.

coach
2 years 8 months ago

If it takes a 2:00 AM practice for you to get through to your team, you’re not a very effective coach.

max
2 years 8 months ago

I think zona’s times from the past couple of years speak for his coaching abilities.

huh
2 years 8 months ago

No, it is not the military, however, it is a dictatorship. YOU chose to be on HIS team. Your lack of forethought when trying to “stick it to the man” reeks of immaturity and unintelligence.

But go ahead, skip the morning workout. He’ll skip you name next time he goes to make the travel roster. To every action, there is an equal but opposite reaction. So was it really worth sleeping in?

Feel free to go to the athletic department. Just know that if you don’t succeed in getting him fired (the chances are high that you won’t get him fired), he will make the rest of your time on the team a living hell to the point where you’ll just probably quit. Was it really worth going in and complaining to the AD? Losing scholarship? Losing the sport you love? Losing your team? Losing your friends?

Steve Nolan
2 years 8 months ago

Yes. Just take it. It was made plainly clear when you signed up as a high school senior, when Coach told you and your parents straight up – PRACTICES WILL BE HELD AT 2AM RIGHT AFTER GETTING OFF A PLANE AND STUFF. NO TATTLING. TAKE IT LIKE A MAN.

huh
2 years 8 months ago

I’m fluent in sarcasm. I don’t mean this as a demeaning question, but did you swim in college?

Unfortunately, when seniors are being recruited, they are only told the positive aspects of the school. This is fundamental to recruiting. Why would an athlete want to go to a school that has a crazy coach? Long dry-season? Curfew? Hard practices? The list goes on. Simply put, they won’t. At the end of the day, it is college athletics, and these kids are on scholarship. This is a contract between the school and the athlete, money for services rendered, or in this case swimming. If they don’t like it, they can give the money back and pay for school by themselves.

Normally, I would say that 2 a.m. practice is totally unnecessary; however, from individuals that I have talked with, the men’s team did not take the Utah dual meet “seriously” and given the outcome, I think a 2 a.m. practice is a fitting punishment. Remember, these kids are taking scholarship money to represent and compete for the school at the best of their abilities.

What I can tell you is that I competed in the same conference, and had my team lost to Utah (at home or away), 2 a.m. practice would be a walk in the park compared to what my coach would have put us through. We had a meet where we lost a relay, we swept the meet except for the last relay, and we regretted it for the next 2 weeks.

huh
2 years 8 months ago

Or better yet, if you have a problem with it, be the young adult that you are supposed to be and talk to the coach about it, like a MAN. Don’t go behind his back to get him fired. Going to the AD should be reserved for situations where there is open channel of communication.

coacherik
2 years 8 months ago

“Feel free to go to the athletic department. Just know that if you don’t succeed in getting him fired (the chances are high that you won’t get him fired), he will make the rest of your time on the team a living hell to the point where you’ll just probably quit. Was it really worth going in and complaining to the AD? Losing scholarship? Losing the sport you love? Losing your team? Losing your friends?”

This is the same rationale used by people who turn a blind eye to other terrible things coaches have done (or the abuser themselves); because a coach was successful or you don’t want to lose your spot, you don’t dare attempt to turn in an abusive coach? This is ridiculous, to take anything outside of what is expected, because you have to be a man about it?

I am hoping you don’t hold a high admin position where you have the opportunity to apply this deeply flawed logic.

3sk
2 years 8 months ago

I feel like 7 am practice is fair after getting home when you are Arizona and you lose to Utah…. Although the Busch Era is over.

Abc
2 years 8 months ago

I am sure this didn’t go down as a planned morning practice but I swam at a D1 school (2006-2010) and we once drove back from a meet arriving on campus at 2 am and had our typical Saturday morning swim and lift at 8 am. Not that my experience makes what happened at Arizona right…but less than ideal practice and travel schedules do happen.

As for the chain of events involving the cops. I agree…things don’t seem to quite add up.

2 years 8 months ago

To clarify: three members of the Arizona team have told us that the boys had practice at both 2AM, and then 5 hours later at 7AM.

Update: Other members of the Arizona team have disputed this.

There is unanimous agreement that there was a practice late after the team returned from Utah.

Confuzzled
2 years 8 months ago

The article is a little unclear. Did they practice at both 2am and 7am when they returned? Was there a non-physical altercation at Hansen’s home?

get it straight
2 years 8 months ago

Seems some of you are missing the point. The team came in at 2:00am, went straight to the pool for a workout THEN went home and back to the pool at 7:00am.

theroboticrichardsimmons
2 years 8 months ago

To restate the question a few of us are asking: did the team do a practice at 2 am and then again at 7 am?

2 years 8 months ago

Asked and answered. Yes, the men’s team practiced at 2AM and at 7AM, according to several members of that team.

Miguel Palota
2 years 8 months ago

A practice at 2:00AM and another one at 7:00AM is pretty stupid no matter what the motivation. That seems pretty daft to me… That said, in and of itself, it seems no reason for the guy to be suspended.

If he was using demeaning language on the deck, though, and chucking kick-boards around… That, in today’s environment, will get you the boot.

I should clarify further: If he was using demeaning language describing his swimmers and chucking stuff at ’em, time for him to go. There’s no place for that.

I don’t think there’s any mystery here. Reading between the lines it appears that a domestic dispute, in combination with some poor behaviour at a practice or practices got the guy jugged.

Champ
2 years 8 months ago

I feel like Hansen’s leave of absence/resignation has much more to do with what happened at his home rather than having a practice at 2 AM and 7 AM

Fever
2 years 8 months ago

I think you are correct.

2 years 8 months ago

Arizona Liver – the deputy who responded to the call mentioned nothing even close to resembling that, so I’m not sure where that information came from. If it happened, it was hidden from the responding deputy, which I have a hard time believing.

Desert Factory
2 years 8 months ago

First off I want to express my support for coach. He was very upset at our loss to
Utah which is very understandable.
Did perhaps he go to far in making us practice late at night? Maybe.
Generally I believe NCAA regulations are skirted far to much in college sports…
evidently a line that should not be crossed is sleep deprivation.

Possibly there is more to this story that we will all understand as time passes. It
absolutely seems like something else happened that has not been discussed.
Certainly the police visit to coach Hanson’s house after they were summoned is
key, after that after that event he was apparently in some kind of distress clearly.
Everything seems strange I think it would be best to wait for 100% facts currently.
Reader comments section everyone. My motto is“Innocent until proven guilty”.

Hbyh
2 years 8 months ago

Who made the call to police and emergency personnel? What was the call regarding to have police dispatched?

2 years 8 months ago

Hbyh – we hope to post more information on that soon. We just want to be absolutely careful with the details, so were vetting them very carefully.

Lindag
2 years 7 months ago

What happened to the additional info that was promised?

2 years 7 months ago

Lindag – we have still been unable to appropriately verify the rest of the information.

lindag
2 years 7 months ago

Well, thanks for your attempt at reporting the truth. I guess it is time to let this one die and allow Eric to pursue his dream job of being a fly fisherman guide! Wish he had done that 3 years ago!

Lorraine
2 years 7 months ago

You can’t support a coach violating coaching rules. Rules are rules. And if you allow the Eric Hansen’s of the world to violate them – and you don’t FIRE THEM post haste – you just tell the world this university will turn around and put another NCAA rule violating coach in place – because no one cares about protecting the swimmers.

This occurred mid season. His abuse of the swimmers impacted them MID SEASON.

Eric Hansen was not canned immediately for doing this? He should have been. You can’t erase the damage he did to Division One swimmers after this Pac 12 meet. Hansen unprofessionally imploded all over the place – and all Arizona did was issue a severance package to Eric Hansen and make sure he is “happy” as he exits stage left – leaving an entire swim program abused and mistreated and absent a head coach mid season? Come on. How can anyone “defend” that?

Abc
2 years 8 months ago

More details are needed to really flush out for this story to be complete… What about the assistant coaches? Did they stand by as this 2am and then 7am practice went down? What really happened at the Hanson house? I understand not wanting to spread false rumors but is there a reason you are choosing to not name the roommate?

kona
2 years 8 months ago

why do you need to know the name of the roommate? keep him out of this story!

abc
2 years 8 months ago

Mainly just out of curiosity because I, like I am sure many people in the swimming community have heard rumors long before the leave of absence started in October. Now having seen Arizona Liver’s take on the incident.. even if they are grandiose, I suppose the name is no longer important to this set of incidents.

SanSan
2 years 8 months ago

I agree – I obviously don’t know what went down, but it seems moot that there was a roommate there and that he is a male…

Richard Saunders
2 years 8 months ago

The UofA Swim Program under Frank Busch was about integrity, values, morals and felt like a family
This situation is a disgrace
A coaches personal values do matter
I hope the next coach can restore Frank’s values and his legacy!

Bossanova
2 years 8 months ago

Arizona Liver’s story sounds the most plausible right now. At least it explains the connection between the 2 am practice and the police going to his house… which both appear to be relevant to his firing from what I’ve read. This story also fits all the holes in the article.

2 years 8 months ago

I think it really comes down to the incident at his home. The post arrival and early morning workouts while harsh, are nothing to get a coach fired or forced to resign. We’ve all heard worse stories of top program coaches doing that kind of stuff.

Swimmer
2 years 8 months ago

As a swimmer on the team, this is the first I’ve heard of any vandalism incident. I’m not sure who started that rumor but go ahead and put that to rest. It’s a false accusation

WHAT!?!?
2 years 8 months ago

That is the most salacious story I’ve heard in 2014, you must have a very vivid imagination. Why wouldn’t there be reports of said swimmers being removed from the team and University if it were true?

get it straight
2 years 8 months ago

knowing the team and what went down, there is no way arizona liver is correct. these are totally false accusations and should be nipped in the bud. the boys might have been bummed about the practice but they are not vindictive and would NEVER do something like that. i just hope that if DeMont wants the job – and he’s doing a fine one PLUS the team respects and likes him – he gets it. Stop speculating and spreading false rumors.

Peterdavis
2 years 8 months ago

From all accounts everybody respects and likes DeMont. He seems like the coolest guy ever. I picture him leaving the pool deck, riding his Triumph back to his airplane hangar, where his sole possessions decorate the vast interior: a king size brass bed, a Piper L-4 that he spends all of his free time restoring, and a case or five of Olympia beer. He lives there with his 26 year old girlfriend, and only takes time out from coaching to escape from Nazi prison camps and/or chase criminals around the streets of San Francisco in his 68 Mustang GT for extended periods of time. I could be thinking of someone else though.

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