NCAA issues ruling on UGA Swimming and Diving
December 16, 2014Print
Athens, Ga. - The ruling released Tuesday by the NCAA Committee on Infractions will allow University of Georgia head swimming and diving coach Jack Bauerle to return to his coaching duties this season on a date still to be clarified.
Along with a one-year recruiting restriction, the NCAA added nine additional dates of competition to the University-imposed suspension of Bauerle, which included competition dates in 2014. Penalties on the institution include a $5,000 fine.
The Committee cited the institution for "exemplary cooperation, prompt self-detection and self-disclosure of violations, prompt acknowledgement of the violations, acceptance of responsibility and imposition of meaningful corrective measures and/or penalties, and affirmative steps to expedite final resolution of the matter. Based on these mitigating factors, the
Committee imposed no probation, competition limitations, scholarship reductions, or other penalties on the University other than a $5,000 fine."
"I am pleased the Committee on Infractions accepted the University's position and credited the Athletic Association for its exemplary handling of this matter," said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. "I am particularly proud of our swimming and diving student-athletes, who have continued to achieve outstanding results both in the pool and in the classroom."
"The past year has been very difficult, and I'm glad the NCAA process is over," said Bauerle. "I accept the Committee's decision and penalties. I am relieved the penalties are directed at me and not the swimming and diving program or our student-athletes, as they should not be punished for my mistake.
"I want to thank the University for letting me return to lead the University's swimming and diving program. I love this University and my student-athletes, past and present, and I look forward to getting back to work with our swimmers and divers as soon as I possibly can."