Monday, January 20, 2014

College Notes

Chase Kalisz is back.  The Georgia athletic department has cleared him to return to competition.  Kalisz sat out three (3) meets while they sorted out possible academic eligibility issues.  Read more here.

News wasn't so good for head coach Jack Bauerle:

When asked a follow up question by Swimming World regarding Bauerle's status, Georgia spokesperson Steve Colquitt responded:

Coach Bauerle's status remains unchanged and this is an ongoing matter.

The Communist News Network (CNN) recently looked into academic issues with NCAA athletes and claims that foosball and thump-thump players are reading at elementary school levels.  Read more here.

Mary Willingham at UNC:

"So what are the classes they are going to take to get a degree here? You cannot come here with a third-, fourth- or fifth-grade education and get a degree here," she told CNN.

NCAA president Mark Emmert responded to the story:

"That CNN story on our athletes only reading at a fifth-grade level was just so they could sell more papers.  They failed to point out the fact that we've seen an increase of nearly one full grade level in the past five years!  How about that?  Sounds like a ninety-something percent improvement to me!  Now, let's talk March Madness, shall we?"

What about whistle-blower Willingham?  UNC is shutting her down.  Read more here.

New Texas foosball coach Charlie Strong is about to shake things up in Austin.  Read more here.

Bobby Burton compiled a list of Strong's rules that will likely result in some roster changes.  His policy on missing classes:

If a player misses a class, he runs until it hurts.  If he misses two classes, his entire position unit runs.  If he misses three, the position coach runs.

A thread on TOC about Strong's program shake-up is here.  Worried about line coaches running, high school coach Hookem wrote:

Our OL coach sweats when he eats and has chest pains while changing clothes...

Yup, it could get ugly.

Check out Planning Fallacy 101 in the world's smallest classroom (via Inside Higher Ed):

Article in The Daily Cougar featuring UH coach Rich Murphy is here.

“I think Texas on the whole is a strong swimming state. There are other options within the state, and we think we compare favorably with most of those,” Murphy said. “I think through a combination of what we have, combined with our location in a major metro area as well as from a facilities standpoint, we’re very fortunate. It’s just a matter of growing and making the most of the resources we have.”

Murphy's program lost their diving coach, Jane Figueiredo.  She's London-bound so she can work with Tom Daley & Co.  Read more here.

"The opportunity to coach somebody as world class and elite as Tom Daley is something that I am really looking forward to," she said.

Aggie Paul-Marc Schweitzer is A&M's male nominee for the SEC McWhorter Scholarship.  AD Eric Hyman dropped by the pool to make the announcement (via Texas A&M Swimming Twitter & Facebook)

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