Report: Georgia Tech hit with allegations of NCAA violations after former coach took recruit to strip club

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The NCAA has found major recruiting violations at Georgia Tech. The school is expected to announce the news Friday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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The allegations name two men — former assistant basketball coach Darryl LaBarrie and Ron Bell. The NCAA believes both men are responsible for Level 1 violations, the highest possible. Current head coach Josh Pastner has not been charged with any violations, his attorney told the Journal-Constitution.

LaBarrie is accused of taking a potential recruit to a strip club during an official visit in November of 2016. The prospect was given $300, but not by LaBarrie. The NCAA also said LaBarrie tried to give the NCAA false information when confronted about the allegations.

LaBarrie denied all charges, according to the Journal-Constitution.

Georgia Tech will be hit with allegations of recruiting violations. (Photo by G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images)
Georgia Tech will be hit with allegations of recruiting violations. (Photo by G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images)

Bell — who the NCAA concluded was a “representative of the school’s athletics interest” — is alleged to have paid for flights so former team members could convince a player to transfer to Georgia Tech. Bell is also accused of providing $1,400 to those former players, and later trying to pay the potential transfer so he would attend Georgia Tech.

In a statement to the Journal-Constitution, Georgia Tech confirmed it “received a notice of allegations from the NCAA.” The university added that since the process was still ongoing, it would have no further comment.

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