Georgia Tech has been hit with a notice of allegations from the NCAA regarding alleged “high-level” recruiting violations. This news comes via a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Per the AJC, the allegations are tied to two former members of Pastner’s staff: onetime assistant coaches Darryl LaBarrie and Ron Bell. Bell is the former friend of Pastner’s who was involved in a lengthy and sordid legal affair with the 41-year-old head coach.
Two of the three violations are said to be Level I violations–the most severe under the NCAA guidelines. The notice of allegations doesn’t explicitly name Pastner or blame him, though the alleged violations occurred on his watch.
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.
You can read the entire AJC report here.
After a seven-year stint at Memphis, Pastner has recorded a 48-53 record in three seasons at Georgia Tech.
His Yellow Jackets made the NIT in his first season (2016-17) but have missed the postseason each of the last two years.
Georgia Tech’s 2018-19 campaign ended this week with a first-round ACC Tournament loss to Notre Dame.