Strip club visit at center of Georgia Tech probe

What to make of NCAA’s Notice of Allegations sent to Georgia Tech

What to make of NCAA’s Notice of Allegations sent to Georgia Tech

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.

Head coach Josh Pastner of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets reacts against the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at Dean Smith Center on January 20, 2018 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Jack, according to ESPN, is alleged to be the booster who provided the cash.

LaBarrie could be hit with a show-cause penalty, which would stifle his ability to coach in the NCAA. The prospect was given $300, but not by LaBarrie. 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.

The news comes weeks after Tech placed women's basketball coach MaChelle Joseph on leave for what it called a "pending personnel matter".

LaBarrie, Bell and Jack (who is considered a school booster) are charged with Level I violations, the most serious under NCAA rules.

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.

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the team member was Justin Moore. Bell allegedly gave clothing, meals, and plane tickets to former Georgia Tech players Josh Okogie (now with the Minnesota Timberwolves) and Tadric Jackson, and also attempted to convince Memphis' Markel Crawford to transfer.

It has recently been revealed that Chicago Bulls prized rookie Wendell Carter Jr. has been linked to an alleged Georgia Tech strip club incident. He also reportedly bought flights for Crawford and his brother worth $883, but he canceled them when Crawford made a decision to transfer to Ole Miss. "This will all be over soon and will not define me as a person or a coach". The Yellow Jackets ended the season 14-18 overall and 6-12 in conference after losing to Notre Dame in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals on Tuesday.

But he was not named in the allegations and "has not been charged with failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance nor failure to monitor his staff", and the program has not been accused of lacking institutional control, ESPN reported according to sources.

"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.

In the notice, the NCAA wrote the first allegation is "a severe breach of conduct".

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