Missing drugs within tennis program leads to suspension of assistant coaches.



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Missing drugs within tennis program leads to suspension of assistant coaches.

University of Georgia's tennis program has suspended it's men's and women's assistant coaches, Bo Hodge and Drake Bernstein respectively after a theft of prescription drugs worth 1500 $ was reported. The theft from the athletic division was reported from the men's coach, Manual Diaz.

This comes as Georgia prepares to host the men's and women's NCAA championships. The round of 16 begins Thursday in the men's and women's draws. However, Diaz said the incident has not drawn the interest of the NCAA.

"I've been told there is no NCAA investigation whatsoever,'' Diaz claimed. Georgia women's coach, Jeff Wallace declined to comment on the investigation during a news conference on Tuesday, which was originally called to preview the tournament.

According to reports, UGA police were called to the tennis center on May 7. The report filed by officer J. Gagliano also said the complaint was "related to the possible theft and mishandling of prescription medication involving a number of individuals within the tennis program.'' However, Diaz claimed that all the players were completely active and fresh and were unfazed due to these developments.

Georgia freshman Robert Loeb, who plays with Jan Zielinski on the nation's top-ranked doubles team, said the investigation will not be a distraction. He said the message from Diaz was "we just need to move forward. We can't control that. We just need to move forward and stay positive.''​