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Strip club visit listed among alleged Georgia Tech recruiting violations

16 March 2019

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. Of the three allegations, the NCAA says two are considered a "severe breach of conduct", considered the highest "Level 1" violations.

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

"The NCAA has investigated and found multiple high-level recruiting violations by the Men's Basketball coaching staff, yet it is the Women's Basketball head coach, MaChelle Joseph, who remains suspended for reasons that have yet to be disclosed to her or to the Georgia Tech community".

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

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.

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The NCAA found that in November 2016 - six months after his hire to join Pastner's staff - LaBarrie took a prospect on an official visit and a team member to a strip club, and both were provided with $300 cash, and also facilitated an improper recruiting contact with a person described in the notice as a representative of the school's athletics interest.

LaBarrie was placed on leave on November 22, 2016 and he resigned on February 7, 2017.

The NCAA said LaBarrie's false statements about the violations and attempt to influence a team member to provide false statements also rank as top-level violations because they "involved failure of the responsibility to cooperate and unethical or dishonest conduct".

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

Pastner has four years left on his contract and is 48-53 in three seasons at Georgia Tech.

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LaBarrie denied all charges, according to the Journal-Constitution. The NCAA deemed Bell as someone who was a "representative of the school's athletic interest".

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.

What does all this mean for Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner and the program overall?

Pastner's attorney told ESPN that he "cooperated fully" with NCAA investigators.

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. The Notice of Allegations is the first part of this process.

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Strip club visit listed among alleged Georgia Tech recruiting violations