The NCAA came down hard on Georgia Tech Thursday for the violations uncovered during the Ron Bell saga. Somewhere, that bitter and unhappy man is laughing into his prison issued pillow. He got his revenge. Not as much as he was after probably but he certainly caused his old friend Josh Pastner some serious problems.
The NCAA found that two men, former assistant coach Darryl LaBarrie and Bell, gave impermissible benefits to basketball players and as a result here’s what Tech faces:
- Four years of probation.
- A 2019-20 postseason ban for the men’s basketball team.
- A fine of $5,000 plus 2% of the men’s basketball program budget.
- A reduction of one men’s basketball scholarship during each year of probation.
- Recruiting restrictions for the men’s basketball program that will apply for each year of probation, including:
- An eight-week ban on unofficial visits.
- A three-visit reduction from the permissible number of official visits.
- An eight-week ban on recruiting communications.
- A reduction of 19 recruiting-person days from the permissible number.
- A three-year show-cause order for the former assistant coach. During that period, any NCAA member school employing him must restrict him from any athletically related duties unless it shows cause why the restrictions should not apply.
- A vacation of records in which the men’s basketball student-athletes competed while ineligible. The university must provide a written report containing the contests impacted to the NCAA media coordination and statistics staff within 14 days of the public decision release.
- A prohibition from scheduling official visits in conjunction with home men’s basketball competitions during the first two years of probation.
- Disassociations of the following individuals (self-imposed by the university):
- A three-year disassociation of the former assistant coach.
- A three-year disassociation of the former Georgia Tech men’s basketball student-athlete and booster.
- A disassociation of the head coach’s friend and booster.
Former Duke star Wendell Carter is a minor part of this: he was taken to a strip club and given $300 dollars to spend in an effort to recruit him to Georgia Tech.
No word yet on how Tech feels about Pastner but AD Todd Stansbury said this in a statement: “While we regret that these violations have occurred and appreciate the NCAA Committee on Infractions’ work on this case, we are disappointed with the severity of the penalties imposed, some of which will have a direct and unfair impact on current student-athletes.”