Georgia Tech facing severe recruiting violations due to strip club visit

Annette Crawford
March 16, 2019

Georgia Tech will have until May 16 to respond to the NCAA, the school told the paper.

The NCAA has notified Georgia Tech of alleged recruiting violations by former assistant basketball coach Darryl LaBarrie and Ron Bell, a former friend of coach Josh Pastner, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Ken Sugiura reported on Thursday.

Former NBA and Georgia Tech star Jarrett Jack is accused of giving recruits, including current Chicago Bulls rookie forward Wendell Carter Jr., money to spend at the strip club during their visits to Georgia Tech.

Georgia Tech announced Friday morning it had received the Notice of Allegations from the NCAA, which included three alleged violations of NCAA rules.

What does the NCAA claim LaBarrie did while a coach at Georgia Tech?

The notice alleges that later that month, LaBarrie violated the NCAA's principles of ethical conduct by providing "false or misleading information to the institution and NCAA enforcement staff regarding his knowledge and/or involvement" in the first allegation.

LaBarrie was put on administrative leave in November 2017 and resigned the following February. "People who know me know my character and what I stand for".


Carter ultimately committed to Duke, playing one season before turning pro.

Although the names in the NCAA's report were redacted, ESPN reported Friday morning that the NCAA determined former Georgia Tech and National Basketball Association player Jarrett Jack to be a booster and representative of Georgia Tech's athletic interests.

LaBarrie denied all charges, according to the Journal-Constitution. 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. What's unknown is what potential sanctions could come for Georgia Tech and when. He lives in Tucson and met Yellow Jackets coach Pastner while he was an assistant at Arizona, per ESPN. Of the three allegations, the NCAA says two are considered a "severe breach of conduct", considered the highest "Level 1" violations.

According to ESPN, Bell is accused of providing sneakers, meals and travel expenses in the amount of $1,400 to former Yellow Jackets players Josh Okogie and Tadric Jackson and of trying to induce former Memphis player Markel Crawford to transfer to Georgia Tech. "This will all be over soon and will not define me as a person or a coach".

Tech (14-18) ended its 2018-2019 season with a 78-71 loss to Notre Dame in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Charlotte.

"Josh cooperated fully with the NCAA investigation and he has not been charged with any violations", Pastner's attorney, Scott Tompsett, told multiple outlets in a statement. The Notice of Allegations is the first part of this process.

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