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.