NCAA finds ‘severe’ recruiting violations at Georgia Tech

NCAA finds ‘severe’ recruiting violations at Georgia Tech

A former Georgia Tech assistant coach is being charged by the NCAA with Level I violations relating to an Atlanta strip club visit that sources told ESPN included current Chicago Bulls rookie Wendell Carter Jr. and former Georgia Tech and National Basketball Association player Jarrett Jack.

But it hasn't really gone according to plan with the NCAA back to serve a Notice of Allegations to the program regarding recruiting violations allegedly committed by Pastner's former assistant coach Darryl LaBarrie and former friend Ron Bell.

Georgia Tech will have until May 16 to respond to the NCAA, according to ESPN.

The report states the NCAA found that in November 2016, LaBarrie took a team member and a recruit on an official visit to an Atlanta strip club, fostered improper contact with a booster and that the two young men were given $300 in cash.

Further, the NCAA alleged that LaBarrie provided false or misleading information to the NCAA and institute regarding his knowledge and involvement of the violations alleged, attempted to influence the team member to provide false or misleading information and further tried to hide his attempt to influence the team member.

Basically, he's being charged with offering impermissible recruiting benefits and providing false or misleading statements to the NCAA about his involvement in the other allegations. LaBarrie was placed on leave in November 2017 and later resigned. He also is accused of trying to influence the player to provide misleading information to investigators. According to ESPN, the incident included Bulls rookie Wendell Carter Jr. and former Georgia Tech star Jarrett Jack, who played two seasons with the Nets and one with the Knicks.

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The school said in a statement that accompanied its disclosure of the allegations it would not have further comment "because the NCAA process remains open".

Bell, who had a falling out with Pastner, is accused of paying for flights for former Yellow Jacket players Josh Okogie and Tadric Jackson and providing them with clothes, food and travel expenses of more than $1,400.

The NCAA also declared Bell, a resident of Tucson, Arizona, as a booster of Georgia Tech's athletic interests, despite objections from university officials. Bell and Pendley filed a countersuit in February 2018.

The NCAA's notice does not place any blame on Pastner nor name him in the report. The Yellow Jackets finished with a 14-18 record this season, including 6-12 in the ACC, after losing to Notre Dame in the first round of the ACC Tournament on Tuesday.

His Yellow Jackets made the NIT in his first season (2016-17) but have missed the postseason each of the last two years. "Georgia Tech's actions with respect to Coach Joseph are emblematic of the persistent double standard for men and women across collegiate athletics". The hypocrisy is stunning.

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