This, too, is part of the Georgia Way.

Nothing like reading an article about the NCAA investigating academic fraud and seeing your school receive a prominent mention.

In December the NCAA ordered a nine-meet suspension for Jack Bauerle, the head coach of swimming and diving at the University of Georgia, after determining that he had asked a professor to register a star swimmer in a fall independent-studies class after the fall semester had ended.

I suppose we should be grateful he didn’t dredge up the Harricks.  Or Jan Kemp.  Or…

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17 responses to “This, too, is part of the Georgia Way.

  1. Bulldog Joe

    I love how one swimmer taking one class gets top billing over hundreds of football and basketball players receiving grades for hundreds of classes they didn’t take.

    The Georgia Way, indeed.

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  2. Scorpio Jones, III

    Given our ah…history?…is it not correct to assume that the Baurle deal was a very big deal for the overall athletics program?

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  3. Go Dawgs!

    I want all of our programs to follow the letter and spirit of the rules in all things, ESPECIALLY academics. That said, I’m much less willing to suffer the embarrassment of an academic scandal for swimming and diving than I might be for basketball or football.

    I’m proud of what they’ve accomplished in the pool. But I wouldn’t have batted an eyelash if McGarity had decided to toss Baurle overboard after that whole deal.

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    • SAtownDawg

      Disagree completely…compare what Bauerle did to what has gone on at UNC for the last 15 years….makes Harrick look like a choir boy….yet UNC goes on as if nothing happened…

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    • Bright Idea

      If Georgia dropped swimming and diving the media would scream but most of us would not care. Nobody calls in to Finebum complaining about no NC in swimming.

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  4. McGarity’s watch. The buck stops in his office.

    Betcha this card was played recently…

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  5. President Morehead gave his State of the University address yesterday. In it he stated:

    “We learned in the fall that the overall graduation rate among student-athletes reached a record high at 84 percent—on par with non-athletes—and nine sports teams achieved a rate of 90 percent or above. Additionally, the more than 550 student-athletes enrolled at the University of Georgia earned an average GPA of 3.0 last semester.

    Chris Conley was named SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in football, and—just last week—Olympic gold medalist Shannon Vreeland received the NCAA Top Ten Award as one of the very best student-athletes in the country.”

    You skeptics – and Tech fans – will argue that the classes they take may not be as rigorous as the general student body takes. Still those are pretty impressive statistics.

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  6. Cojones

    Stains on our academic character aren’t to be tolerated for any reason, including involvement of the sports I love. It does not matter which sports dept is involved: there is no difference in cheating no matter the source.

    Many of us are very proud of our academic reputation earned by many through many years of endeavor. There is never a reason to sully, or overlook any activity, that would sully or permanently stain our University in any way. The student body and faculty as a whole adhere to these provisions written into and signed by all as The Student Code of Conduct. That Code of Conduct is also signed by all students no matter the endeavor while at our University. It is applied rigorously to sports in that individual behavior outside the classroom is amplified by the publicity generated through sports. Any time the SCof C is abrogated by anyone, it is a mark against all with a degree from UGA.

    I never want our University to be viewed as a football/sports school like tOSU, UNC or FSU due to the activity of sports programs/student athletes and their affiliation with the good name of UGA. That would be proof that loss of institutional control has ensued. Winning sports events is not worth such.

    If UNC sports doesn’t get “the death pill” for continuing through years of disregard for honesty, how will there be any control in the future? What a terrible thing to do to a great institution where many are proud of their degree that was awarded through hard work. It denigrates us all.

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  7. Bulldawg165

    We shouldn’t make athletes go to class if they don’t want to. For basketball and football, they’re basically glorified employees anyway, and what good does a degree in recreational studies do them? Offer them a scholarship with the ability to return and complete (or start) their education when they fail to make it to the big leagues.

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  8. The worst thing about this is that it isn’t even good cheatin’.

    At the least one would hope for something a bot more devious or salacious.

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