The fate of embattled Georgia coach Jack Bauerle was announced on Tuesday, including a fine of $5,000, a public remand and censure, suspension from 9 regular season competitions during the 2014-2015 season, and a “one-year show-cause” order through April 3rd, 2015. That show-cause order means that Bauerle’s punishment will follow him if he were to go to another institution before April 3rd, 2015.
The suspension means that Bauerle will miss 9 regular season events this season, and won’t be able to participate in any recruiting activities until April 3rd, 2015.
According to the decision, Bauerle has served 6 of the NCAA’s definition of 9 regular season competitions, meaning that he will miss at least the upcoming South Carolina and Texas dual meets in January, and possibly the Tennessee dual meet as well (depending on whether or not the NCAA defines the earlier Tennessee Diving Invite as a regular season meet).
Bauerle was suspended almost a year ago after accusations that he helped two-time defending NCAA 400 IM Champion Chase Kalisz receive special academic treatment. Kalisz was reinstated shortly after that suspension, but Bauerle remained suspended to varying degrees ever since, including not being allowed on deck as his women’s team won the 2014 NCAA Championship.
The NCAA reported that Kalisz was fully truthful when questioned about the incident, so his eligibility is not affected.
SwimSwam’s Troy Gennaro is currently participating in the conference call with the NCAA discussing the decision. More details will follow the completion of that call.
The full NCAA press release is below:
The University of Georgia head swimming and diving coach did not promote an atmosphere for compliance when he made special arrangements for a student-athlete to enroll in an independent study course to maintain eligibility, according to a decision issued by a Division I Committee on Infractions panel.
Penalties include a $5,000 fine, a nine competition suspension for the head coach and a one-year recruiting restriction for the head coach.
During the fall 2013 semester, the head coach was concerned that a student-athlete might not meet progress-toward-degree requirements and would not be eligible for competition the following semester. The head coach reached out to athletics administrators to discuss options, including adding an independent study class to ensure eligibility. The senior associate athletics director told the coach that adding the course was not recommended because classes for the current semester had ended.
After told not to get involved and not to proceed with the independent study course, the head coach asked a professor in the psychology department to admit the student-athlete into a pass/fail independent study course. The professor agreed and it was determined the student-athlete would complete the work the following semester. The student-athlete did not meet the prerequisites for the course, so the professor agreed to waive those requirements. Because the head coach created the special arrangement, the student-athlete received a benefit not available to the general student body and not allowed by NCAA rules.
The head coach failed to promote an atmosphere for compliance when he set up the special academic arrangement for the student-athlete. The head coach received clear instruction not to contact professors about student-athletes. Despite the instruction, he moved forward with contacting the professor multiple times about the independent study course. The head coach acted contrary to university policy and to the advice and caution provided by the staff responsible for athletic academic services and athletics eligibility certification. The coach also did not consult with the compliance office.
Penalties and corrective measures include:
- Public reprimand and censure.
- A fine of $5,000.
- A one-year show-cause order for the head coach from April 4, 2014 through April 3, 2015. The panel adopted the university’s suspension of the head coach beginning in 2014 and continued the suspension until 2015. The head coach is restricted from all recruiting duties during that period. Additionally, the head coach will be suspended for nine regular season competitions during the 2014-15 season. The public report contains additional details.
Members of the Committee on Infractions are drawn from NCAA membership and members of the public. The members of the panel who reviewed this case are Carol Cartwright, president emeritus at Kent State University; Greg Christopher, chief hearing officer and athletics director at Xavier University; Thomas Hill, senior vice president for student affairs at Iowa State University; Roscoe Howard, Jr., attorney; Joel Maturi, former University of Minnesota athletics director; Sankar Suryanarayan, university counsel, Princeton University; and Rodney Uphoff, law professor at the University of Missouri, Columbia.