The Georgia Tech men’s basketball program has been served a notice of allegations by the NCAA citing multiple recruiting violations — including some related to a 2016 strip club visit, according to multiple reports.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported late Thursday that the school had received the notice, which references several Level I violations — the highest level of infractions. Former assistant coach Darryl LaBarrie and Ron Bell, a former friend of head coach Josh Pastner, are both named in the NCAA’s notice, according to reports.
LaBarrie is accused of taking a top recruit and a team member to an Atlanta strip club in November 2016 and facilitating contact with a representative of the school’s athletic interest, who gave the pair some money.
While none of the three people are named, ESPN reported early Friday that the prospect was Wendell Carter Jr., who later played at Duke and is now a rookie with the Chicago Bulls, and the unnamed representative was Jarrett Jack, the longtime NBA point guard and former Yellow Jacket.
Jack allegedly provided Carter and the team member — whom The Atlanta Journal-Constitution indicated was Justin Moore — with $300 for the strip club visit, according to ESPN.
LaBarrie was placed on administrative leave in November 2017 and resigned three months later.
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The NCAA’s notice of allegations also reportedly names Bell, a former friend of Pastner’s who has admitted publicly to paying for flights for players and attempting to woo a potential transfer to Georgia Tech. Bell went public with his actions after an apparent falling out with Pastner, who later filed a lawsuit against Bell alleging defamation and attempted blackmail.
Georgia Tech was not charged with lack of institutional control and Pastner was not named in the allegations, according to the reports.
An athletic department spokesperson did not immediately reply to an e-mail seeking comment Friday morning, but the school was expected to announce the notice of allegations later in the day.
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