The NCAA and the University of Georgia have clarified the suspension for Georgia head coach Jack Bauerle. Bauerle will be able to begin coaching the men’s and women’s swimming teams in practice immediately, and is eligible to return to coaching at meets at the team’s next event on January 3rd against South Carolina, according to a university spokesperson.
Bauerle had been suspended to varying degrees for almost a year for what the NCAA referred to as giving an extra benefit and failing to promote compliance in the case of two-time defending 400 IM NCAA Champion Chase Kalisz. According to the NCAA, Bauerle “proposed that a pass/fail independent study class could be added to the student-athletes’s fall semester schedule” against the wishes of his athletic director. The NCAA classed this as a Level II violation, the second most severe of four levels.
The NCAA announced earlier this week that Bauerle would miss 9 regular season events this season and won’t be able to participate in any recruiting activities until April 3rd, 2015, but in their announcement, that 9 regular season events was to include three more meets.
The NCAA decision says, with little explanation or clarification, that Bauerle must sit out 9 meets in the 2014-2015 season. By the standard working definition, Georgia has had only 7 meets so far this season. It’s not clear where the NCAA’s definition differs, though the Bulldogs have had 9 days of competition (including the three-day UGA Fall Invitational).
At any rate, Bauerle is now officially returned to his on-deck coaching duties per the NCAA’s interpretation, both at practices and in meets.