Explaining Georgia Tech’s alleged recruiting violations, including a strip club visit
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So what’s the deal with Georgia Tech here?
Just as the most exciting time of the college basketball season begins, the NCAA handed the Georgia Tech men’s basketball program a notice of allegations related to multiple recruiting violations.
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which first reported the news Thursday, two of the NCAA’s three allegations are Level I violations, the highest classification of infractions. The recruiting violations were allegedly committed by the Yellow Jackets’ former assistant coach Darryl LaBarrie and a man named Ron Bell, who’s a former friend of current Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner.
The NCAA also declared Bell a program booster, ESPN reported.
What does the NCAA claim LaBarrie did while a coach at Georgia Tech?
Darryl LaBarrie in 2017 while still an assistant coach at Georgia Tech (AP Photo/Danny Karnik)
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. Via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
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 facilitated an improper recruiting contact with a person described in the notice as a representative of the school’s athletics interest. It also found that the prospect and team member were provided by $300 cash, though not by LaBarrie. (All names in the report but LaBarrie’s and Bell’s were redacted.)
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 conceal his attempt to influence the team member.
LaBarrie was put on administrative leave in November 2017 and resigned the following February.
Who are the other people involved in this incident?
Although the names in the NCAA’s report were redacted, ESPN reported Friday morning that the NCAA determined former Georgia Tech and NBA player Jarrett Jack to be a booster and representative of Georgia Tech’s athletic interests.
Chicago Bulls center Wendell Carter Jr. — who was a top prospect and ultimately went to Duke — is also reportedly involved. Jack allegedly provided Carter and another then-Georgia Tech player with $300 for the strip club visit, sources told ESPN.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the team member was Justin Moore. At the end of last season, Moore announced his plans to transfer from Georgia Tech with two years of eligibility …read more