Edited 4/5/14: A more detailed story (w/50+ comments) is in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution here.
"I want to emphasize unequivocally that the student-athlete involved in this matter did nothing wrong. Not one thing. I take full responsibility for my actions.”
It looks like Georgia head coach Jack Bauerle is going to take the fall for an athlete's academic issue. Bauerle has been suspended indefinitely while the university and the NCAA look into the matter. Read more here and here.
The NCAA alleges that Bauerle made “special arrangements” on Dec. 10, 2013, with an unnamed professor to add men’s swimmer Chase Kalisz to a course for the fall 2013 semester. Classes for the semester had already ended and UGA 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 UGA president Jere Morehead.
“Allegations of this nature are extremely disappointing and we will continue to fully cooperate with the NCAA staff on this matter,” 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.”
Said Bauerle in a statement: “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.”
To say things don't look good for Jack is an understatement. He admits he made a mistake, so maybe they'll find some middle ground on how big of a mistake it actually was.
What does it mean for Kalisz? It brings up some interesting "What if?" questions.
What if UGA and/or the NCAA decide that Kalisz was ineligible for spring semester meets? Would his 400 IM American Record still stand? It was a legal swim as far as USA Swimming is concerned, right?