Published: Mon, March 18, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Explaining Georgia Tech's alleged recruiting violations, including a strip club visit

Explaining Georgia Tech's alleged recruiting violations, including a strip club visit

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's relationship with Pastner ended in 2016 when Bell's girlfriend accused Pastner of sexual assault (Bell later suggested the accusation was fabricated and Pastner was cleared in a Georgia Tech Title IX investigation).

Georgia Tech confirmed its men's basketball program has been served notice of three alleged violations of NCAA rules, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Ken Sugiura.

LaBarrie allegedly took Carter and Moore to a strip club during the 2016-17 recruiting cycle.

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.

In a statement that accompanied the notice of allegations, most names were redacted.

A strip club, an National Basketball Association veteran, an ex-assistant coach and the head coach's former friend are at the center of alleged recruiting violations by Georgia Tech.

The NCAA alleges a recruit received about $664 in inducements and benefits, including the money at the strip club. Officials were expected to make an announcement Friday morning of the NCAA notice of allegations.

Georgia Tech will be dealing with the NCAA on a number of levels in the coming weeks but, for now, we know that the Yellow Jackets have to defend themselves against major allegations while simultaneously attempting to improve their on-court performance for 2019-20 and beyond. The NCAA also said LaBarrie tried to give the NCAA false information when confronted about the allegations.

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.

The NCAA classified the alleged violations involving Bell as "Level 2" and a "significant breach of conduct" because they were not isolated and were "intended to provide more than a minimal recruiting or other advantage".

According to Scott Tompsett, Pastner's attorney (who is also the attorney to former NC State coach Mark Gottfried): "Josh cooperated fully with the NCAA investigation and he has not been charged with any violations".

LaBarrie was placed on administrative leave in November 2017.

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's Yellow Jackets just completed a 14-18 season with a first-round loss to Notre Dame in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. "Georgia Tech's actions with respect to Coach Joseph are emblematic of the persistent double standard for men and women across collegiate athletics".

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