ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia suspended longtime swimming and diving coach Jack Bauerle from “all job-related responsibilities effective immediately” after receiving a notice of allegations of NCAA violations Wednesday.
The NCAA alleges that Bauerle made “special arrangements” on Dec. 10, 2013, with a professor to add men’s swimmer Chase Kalisz to a course for the fall 2013 semester. Classes for the semester had already ended and Georgia already entered finals at the time.
He received a passing grade despite “not completing any work for the class,” according to the NCAA letter to university president Jere Morehead.
“Allegations of this nature are extremely disappointing and we will continue to fully cooperate with the NCAA staff on this matter,” Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said in a statement. “Until this matter has concluded, head swimming and diving coach Jack Bauerle will be suspended from all job-related responsibilities effective immediately.”
In a statement, Bauerle said: “I regret that I have placed the University of Georgia, an institution I dearly love and have given my heart and soul to for 44 years, in this situation. While I do not agree with the charges in the way the NCAA has framed them, I made a mistake.”
Kalisz’s name was redacted from information released Friday, but Kalisz was suspended Jan. 4 before his eligibility was restored two weeks later. He won the NCAA 400 individual-medley with an American record.
Bauerle had been suspended at the same time as Kalisz from competitions pending an “academic eligibility review.”
Bauerle is a Hall of Fame coach who was the head coach for the U.S. women at the 2008 Beijing Olympics when it won 14 medals and is one of six coaches in NCAA history to reach 500 wins.
He has coached the Georgia women since 1979 and the men since 1983.
Georgia men’s team finished fifth in the NCAA championships in Austin, Texas, with Bauerle absent because of the investigation.
Georgia’s women won their second straight NCAA championship a week earlier in Minneapolis with Bauerle also not on the trip. It was the sixth national title in program history with Bauerle as head coach.
The team won its fifth straight SEC title this season as Bauerle was in attendance as Georgia hosted the meet, but he was not permitted on the swim deck during competition.
Senior associate head coach Harvey Humphries, who stepped up for Bauerle during the season, will serve as acting head coach.