Georgia Head Coach Jack Bauerle Won’t Be at Either NCAA Championship Meet

  16 Braden Keith | March 19th, 2014 | College, SEC

There is still a lot of mystery, a lot of rumor, and a lot of general head-scratching about the continued absence of Georgia head men’s and women coach Jack Bauerle, but today we were able to get confirmation of at least one fact: Bauerle will “not be with the women’s team in Minneapolis or the men in Austin,” according to a team spokesperson, who also said that there was “no change in his status.”

We do know, according to several confirmed sources, that Bauerle does have his own attorney in this matter. That indicates that things have progressed beyond a simple internal investigation, and jives with the fact that almost three months later, there hasn’t been any conclusion to the matter of Bauerle’s suspension, nor any additional information released.

This status for NCAA’s is different for that employed at the SEC Championships. At SEC’s, Bauerle was allowed on deck during warmups, and then had to move either to his office (Georgia hosted that meet) or into the stands during the competition.

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Keith Moore
Please look at the Motivation of the Athletic Director first. The NCAA rules are there to protect the athlete, not the coach. The Athletic Department will open a file and conduct an investigation; weather there was anything wrong or not. The investigation will include interviews (interrogations) of any one connected to the program (including the athletes). If something is stated in these interviews (factual or not) it will be assumed there is guilt. Even if it is hearsay. The Athletic Director, will make the decision (maybe already had prior to the investigation starting). A self report will be given to the NCAA. (any self punishments given).The Committee on Infractions the will review and the Coach can be represented at hearing.… Read more »
NCAASwimAlum

To all trying to let Jack off the hook for this, if the stories that are being widely reported are true – shame on you. Off course Jack deserves his day in court, but the accusations are pretty bad – stuff related to academic fraud – nothing that should just be brushed off as “technicalities.” There’s always going to be people out there who blindly will support him (look at Rick Curl), but if a college coach is helping kids cheat to stay eligible, then there’s absolutely zero excuse for that.

With that being said, I hope the accusations are false. But if they’re true, I’m not giving it a pass based on “oh the NCAA is awful”.

YouMakeMarkEmmertProud

“Widely reported”? “Stuff related to academic fraud”? Those are both spectacularly vague and imprecise statements. Feel free to produce any official NCAA, SEC, or UGAA “accusation” statement. Your bold and accusatory speech without identifying yourself is cowardice. Unless you’re privy to some insight that you feel willing to share with us, why don’t you take your conjecture elsewhere.

YouMakeMarkEmmertProud

“Widely reported”? “Stuff related to academic fraud”? Those are both spectacularly vague and imprecise statements. Feel free to produce any official NCAA, SEC, or UGAA “accusation” statement. Your bold and accusatory speech without identifying yourself is cowardice. Unless you’re privy to some insight that you feel willing to share with us, why don’t you take your wild conjecture elsewhere.

Thomas Romano
I can’t believe you brought Rick Curl’s name into this conversation. Two totally different situations which I’m sure you’d agree. I know your using his name as an example of neglect and turning the other cheek but Curl’s story and this are not even in the same ballpark. If Jack did something wrong then come out with it. No need to drag this on any longer. But what a waste if this turns out to be nothing. Not to mention the senior swimmers who may not swim again to be left with this as one of their final memories. Oh, and yes, the NCAA hypocrisy will still continue. Its all about the athlete while gorging their pockets with cash made… Read more »
duckduckgoose

Sincerely hope this ends well for Jack and Georgia. It always sounds ominous when attorneys are involved, but if there were evidence of academic fraud, how could the swimmer involved be cleared to compete?

DDG, “He who gets the finish line first usually wins” as a criminal defense attorney once told me. In this case it means that if the allegations concern current swimmers, the swimmers probably struck a deal with UGA and / or NCAA that will allow them to compete, as long as they assisted in the case against Bauerle. It will be interesting to see which current swimmers with remaining eligibility remain at UGA if Bauerle is dismissed. My undeducated guess is that UGA may be trying to strike a fine balance (allowing him to coach but not be on the pool deck) while the allegations are investigated, so as not to jeopardize its scholarship swimmers who enrolled at UGA specifically… Read more »
[email protected] Nedza

Let the big Dawg swim! Let’s see what happens between those two concrete walls!

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