NCAA finds 'severe' recruiting violations at Georgia Tech

Wendell Carter Jr

Georgia Tech facing severe recruiting violations due to strip club visit

Georgia Tech confirmed Friday that the institute has received a notice from the NCAA of alleged recruiting violations by the men's basketball team.

LaBarrie is accused of taking a potential recruit to a strip club during an official visit in November of 2016.

Per the AJC, the allegations are tied to two former members of Pastner's staff: onetime assistant coaches Darryl LaBarrie and Ron Bell.

Jack, whom the NCAA declared to be a representative of Georgia Tech's athletics interests, is alleged to have provided Carter and an unidentified then-Georgia Tech player with $300 for the strip club visit, the sources told ESPN.

The NCAA also alleges that LaBarrie attempted to obfuscate its investigation into the matter, according to Sugiura, both by providing misleading statements and encouraging the second unnamed player to do the same.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported details of the NCAA's notice of allegations to Georgia Tech.

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. 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.

The NCAA further alleged that LaBarrie provided false information to the association, tried to influence the team member to provide false information and tried to hide his attempt to influence the team member.

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 university added that since the process was still ongoing, it would have no further comment.

Despite obvious objections from the school, the NCAA determined Bell was a booster, so his alleged actions and violations were made on behalf of Georgia Tech.

The allegations against Bell led to an exchange of lawsuits between Pastner and Bell and his girlfriend, Jennifer Pendley.

Pastner filed a defamation lawsuit against Bell and Pendley early in 2018, saying the Tuscon-area couple was trying to defame and blackmail him by accusing him of breaking NCAA rules.

Pastner denied the charge previous year, saying there was "zero truth to any of those disgusting, bogus allegations".

Although Georgia Tech lost to Notre Dame in the first round of the ACC tournament Tuesday, Pastner was still in Charlotte when news of the violations broke Thursday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Pastner led Georgia Tech to 21 wins in his 2016-17 debut, including a spot in the NIT finals, before back-to-back losing records the last two seasons. The hypocrisy is stunning.

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