Georgia Bulldog swim coach Jack Bauerle has spoken out this week about the NCAA investigation and the related suspension that kept him out of coaching for much of 2014.
Bauerle was the subject of an associated press profile this week, opening up about the investigation, the allegations of academic misconduct and the upcoming year before the 2016 Olympic Trials.
Bauerle says he went on a surfing trip and spent time with family and friends during his indefinite suspension, but also notes that the whole time, he only wanted to be back on deck coaching.
“This sport envelopes you,” he says in the piece. “You live and breathe what the kids do. Yeah, you’re coaching them, but they also become really important to you day to day. You worry about them like your own kids.”
Maybe most notable was that Baurle expressed his disappointment in how the NCAA’s investigation was handled.
“It was pretty upsetting,” Bauerle said in a recent interview. “It got pretty offensive in some ways, being questioned about things when people know what I’ve stood for my entire life.”
There’s more detail in the full AP story, but Baurle admits he made a mistake in contacting a professor directly for a student, but also reiterates that he never intended to give a swimmer an academic advantage.
Bauerle was suspended indefinitely last winter as the NCAA investigated alleged academic integrity issues with the swimming & diving programs. The investigation ultimately netted him a 9-meet suspension, most of which he’d already served, and he returned to coaching at the tail end of 2014.