More than a full week has passed since the hearing of still-suspended Georgia head coach Jack Bauerle, and the only news to report is that there is still no news out of Indianapolis on his long-term status.
Bauerle has been suspended to various degrees since the end of last season over allegations that he helped Georgia swimmer Chase Kalisz enroll in a class late in the semester and got him extra time to work on assignments to help him maintain his eligibility. Kalisz was briefly suspended as well, but was reinstated in time to win the 400 IM NCAA Championship in the spring – and in the process he swam the fastest time ever recorded at any level in that event.
Prior to Bauerle’s hearing in front of the Committee on Infractions, on October 16th, Georgia president Jere W. Morehead released the following statement:
A delegation from the University of Georgia met with the NCAA Committee on Infractions today in Indianapolis to discuss the ongoing case involving our head swimming and diving coach. The Committee has instructed us not to comment on the substance of today’s hearing. All I can say is that we appreciated the opportunity to present our case to the Committee on Infractions. We look forward to receiving the Committee’s ruling.”
A spokesperson for the school today reaffirmed that this was the only information they had on the pending proceedings at this time. Several other sources close to the program have told SwimSwam as well that they have not heard any information about the proceedings or their potential outcome (or timing of a decision) either.
While no information regarding the NCAA’s opinion on the allegations has been released, Georgia’s current and former swimmers have remained steadfast in support of their embattled coach. Two of Bauerle’s best from the 1990’s, Kristy Kowal and Kara Forbis, penned an open letter in the Atlanta Journal Constitution on the eve of his hearing asking the school to support their former coach in the way that the school has publicly supported embattled running back Todd Gurley.
For now, there’s nothing new to report on the status of Bauerle with the NCAA early signing period looming. The Bulldogs will host SEC rivals the Florida Gators in a dual meet on Friday.