The college basketball scandals don’t look like they’re slowing down anytime soon.
After LSU’s news involving Will Wade and Javonte Smart last week, Kansas was (finally) brought into the mix yesterday afternoon.
Late last night, news broke that the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, led by head coach Josh Pastner, are in hot water after the NCAA found “high-level” recruiting violations within the program.
According to a report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, former Georgia Tech assistant basketball coach Darryl LaBarrie and Ron Bell (former friend of Pastner) committed two of the three allegations to constitute severe breaches of conduct (Level I violations), the highest level of violation possible by the NCAA.
The specifics? The NCAA found that in November of 2016, “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.” The visitor and team member also reportedly received $300 cash.
The main prospect in question, per ESPN? No other than former Duke star Wendell Carter.
According to the same report, Georgia Tech also paid for the flights of past team members, provided shoes, clothing, meals and travel expenses worth in excess of $1,400, among other violations.
Georgia Tech released the following statement, acknowledging the school’s received notice of allegations.
The Georgia Institute of Technology announced Friday that it has received a notice of allegations from the NCAA.
The notice, which alleges three violations of NCAA rules within Georgia Tech’s men’s basketball program, was received following a joint review by Georgia Tech and the NCAA. A notice of allegations is a step in the NCAA’s process of investigating potential rules violations, but the process is ongoing. Georgia Tech has until May 16, 2019, to respond to the allegations.
Wendell Carter, eh? Very interesting…