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Georgia Tech Basketball Receives Postseason Ban from the NCAA

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A team that was already not going to make the NCAA Tournament has had its futile hopes squashed by the NCAA.

The Division I Committee on Infractions announced this afternoon that two boosters violated multiple NCAA rules. The first happened when one person connected to the program took a prospective recruit to a strip club on his official visit.

While the prospect was on campus for his official visit, a former assistant coach arranged for the prospect and his student-athlete host to interact with a booster, who was a former Georgia Tech basketball student-athlete and at the time played for the local NBA team. The plans included a visit to the booster’s home, a trip to a strip club and a free meal at a lounge owned by a local NBA player. The booster got the prospect and host into the club without paying a cover. Once inside the club, the booster provided the prospect and the host with $300 each to spend at the club.

The committee stated firmly that adult entertainment has no place in the recruiting process because coaches and others in a position of trust are responsible for the well-being of high school students visiting their campus.

Who exactly are they talking about? Jarrett Jack is the reported booster in question who tried to show Wendell Carter a good time in Atlanta. The other violations happened when another booster began providing shoes, clothes, meals and lodging in excess of $2,424. The consequences Georgia Tech must face for breaking the rules:

  • A 2019-20 postseason ban for Georgia Tech
  • Four years of probation with one scholarship reduction each year.
  • A fine of $5,000 plus 2% of the men’s basketball program budget.
  • Vacation of wins for one season.
  • No official visits may be conducted during home games for the first two years of probation.

There are also a number of minor recruiting restrictions placed on the program that must distance itself from the individuals involved. You can read the committee’s entire findings here.

For those keeping score at home, Tech received two Level 1 violations, one of which was to a former assistant. Kansas received three Level 1 violations and they were hit with the dreaded “lack of institutional control” penalty.

It may just be Josh Pastner and Georgia Tech basketball, but one thing’s clear: the NCAA isn’t messing around anymore.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

33 Comments for Georgia Tech Basketball Receives Postseason Ban from the NCAA

  1. a21CATSfan
    12:40 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    So all of these dUKe guys are being implicated in receiving benefits at other schools, but they just decide to go to dUKe for free? What a great institution! CATS

    • J-Dub421
      12:44 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

      Not to mention, several of them clearly received illegal benefits. Even if the benefits weren’t from Duke, the players should have been ineligible. Duke played ineligible players.

    • ClutchCargo
      1:09 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

      Come to St. K and all your sins will be swept under the rug and never mentioned again.

  2. RackEmWillie
    12:43 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    It’ll be interesting to see how they handle Kansas, for sure. But I’m not ready, quite yet, to say the NCAA is not messing around.

    • Cletis75
      7:30 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

      Until UNC pays for 20 years of cheating, the NCAA will always be a joke to me

  3. A_Blue_Wildcat
    12:43 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    The NCAA was so mad at Kansas they decided to put Georgia Tech and Utah on probation

    • Mathlete
      12:49 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

      USC and LSU will take the brunt of the NCAA’s anger at Kansas

    • foamfinger
      10:55 am September 27, 2019 Permalink

      I’m still salty about Boise State getting hit years ago when all they did was have current football players let incoming football players crash on their couches and floors before they could officially move in.

  4. runningunnin.454
    12:46 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    NCAA isn’t messing around anymore? Hah. Arizona, Kansas, LSU, Auburn, and Dook are safe if they didn’t take recruits to girlie shows. Shoe company payola is o.k. then?
    Wonder if Pastner and Penny had big time boosters at Memphis.

    • mashburnfan1
      1:39 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

      Pastner and Penny probably used same ones Cal did. Any of you that do not think ALL coaches are/have cheated you are stupid. I know all love Cal but he is no Saint, do you remember WW Wes? Do you know Cal has wins vacated at both his former Schools? Not bashing Cal as it is just the nature of the business and all have done it. Hiring a recruits family member to staff {which Cal did at Memphis} while not illegal it opens ways to funnel money, money given in some form from handshakes to fake jobs from boosters, a booster hiring a family member, grades changed and many other ways they have found to cheat. Love how all are bashing others when our own has done it

    • BBNnCLE
      1:49 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

      Anybody know anyone who can get Mashburnfan laid so he’ll go away?

    • J-Dub421
      2:37 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

      He hasn’t done any of it at Kentucky, and that’s really all I care about Trashburn. Also, nothing has ever been remotely attached to Coach Cal. Camby took money from an agent during his junior year at UMass. That isn’t related to Coach Cal in any way, and Cal is the one who urged Camby to turn himself in and face the consequences (which Camby did). Memphis should sue the NCAA for their vacated wins in 2008. The NCAA investigated Rose TWICE prior to the season and cleared him both times. That should have been the end of it. There is zero actual evidence that Rose cheated.

      BBNnCLE, why would you do that to a woman?

    • ClutchCargo
      3:04 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

      Slim chance that a woman would need to be involved. He has a hard on for Cal only.

    • StuckinLville
      3:35 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

      Mash if you think all coaches cheat to this level you are definitely an idiot. You act like Cal got busted for this kind of stuff at memphis. Rose supposedly had someone take his ACT and the NCAA completely cleared Cal. Plus the NCAA cleared Rose at the beginning of the season. There’s a huge difference between the two things.

    • RealCatsFan
      3:38 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

      Mashburn, why not target some of your angst at K and Ol’ Roy. They have both been cheating for decades with no implications. Hell, K has been doing the one and done thing just like Cal. Why don’t you hate him too?

    • RealCatsFan
      3:49 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

      Anyone else starting to wonder if mashburnfan and Mark Emmert are the same person?

    • 4everUKblue
      12:20 am September 27, 2019 Permalink

      mashbum the liar is back at it again, he asked me what he’s lied about a few times and every time I answer him, he makes sure he doesn’t come back to that thread. mashbum is a straight up lying @sswipe and that’s being kind.

    • 4everUKblue
      12:24 am September 27, 2019 Permalink

      You asked me one thing you lied about mashbum, you lied about Cal cheating. No one, not you, not the NCAA has any evidence that Cal was ever connected in any way. If you have some double secret proof that no one, not even the NCAA doesn’t know about you should bring it forward. I’m quite sure you won’t come back and answer to any of this just like always. You are a total stomp @ss idiot.

  5. bbn606
    12:53 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    Gee, probation and nothing to show for it.

  6. sj
    1:08 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    All that and they didn’t even get a commitment!!!

    • RealCatsFan
      3:49 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

      Duffel bag was heavier elsewhere.

  7. TrumanClaytor>BoLanter
    1:13 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    I knew the NCAA was mad at North Carolina, but never expected them to take it out on GA Tech!

  8. TBW3011
    1:44 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    Postseason ban for GT. Ha. Funny. Like they were making the big tourney anyway

  9. dhard
    1:45 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    The NCAA and their selective sanctioning is very sad. They have had evidence in their laps over several “major” institutions and they have blinked. If your school name is John Doe University, look out as you are in trouble.

  10. Catcasey1
    2:14 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    Kentucky got a lot more punishment for a lot less back in the day wtf

  11. Righteous1
    4:52 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    Anyone notice how Utah is on UK’s schedule and so is Georgia Tech and both are now on probation? I believe each team that goes on probation will be on UK’s schedule along with teams outside the Power 5 conferences in the future to build up wins to offset the losses during SEC play. The SEC is getting tougher each season with the current and new coaches in the league. Barnes is 5-3 against UK in the last 8 games for example with Pearl beating UK last year without his best player. UK has not been the #1 seed in the SEC tourney since the Fox, Bam and Monk team.

    • RAGE
      7:16 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

      Seriously don’t think that is affecting how we schedule… We ain’t running from anyone in basketball.. Those two teams getting put on probation and being on our schedule is just coincidence… Our basketball schedule makers didn’t know the NCAA was about to punish them.. The schedule is made in advance and is just purely coincidental that they both are on the schedule after their run in with the NCAA…. Kentucky isn’t running from anybody in our basketball scheduling…

    • J-Dub421
      10:38 am September 27, 2019 Permalink

      Some of these games are agreed to and scheduled years in advance. Your conspiracy theory is wrong.

  12. CrystalBall
    5:52 pm September 26, 2019 Permalink

    Mash. Cal’s games were vacated because of what Camby and Rose did. (Or what Rose supposedly did. It was never proven beyond a doubt) And not because of something Cal did that violated NCAA rules. Just thought l would mention that.

    • 4everUKblue
      12:26 am September 27, 2019 Permalink

      mashbum never comes back after he spews a bunch of lies, he’s a phony and a coward.

    • east-ky-boy
      12:23 am September 28, 2019 Permalink

      Coward? I called you out on a post a few days ago to email me so we could meet! I’ve checked my email numerous times daily lol.

  13. east-ky-boy
    12:26 am September 28, 2019 Permalink

    The ncaa isn’t “not taking it anymore”. They are just choosing who they wanna punish so it looks that way. If they really was honest, then duke and UNC would be buried lol. That will never happen.