If Josh Pastner has learned anything this week, it’s that he probably should wish his bag man a happy birthday. Last week, Georgia Tech announced that Josh Okogie and Tadric Jackson were going to miss some games as the result of a investigation into roughly $1,300 in improper benefits they were provided. We reported that this was not the result of the FBI’s investigation into corruption in college basketball, and the Georgia Tech release stated that the person that provided the benefits to the players was not a booster and was not a member of the program. On Tuesday, we learned exactly what had transpired. A former friend of Josh Pastner’s named Ron Bell, a man that had known Pastner dating back to his days as an assistant coach at Arizona, had paid for flights, shoes, clothes and put the players up for five days at his house in Arizona. We know this because that man, who is a recovering addict and an ex-convict, spoke to CBS Sports detailing exactly what he provided to the players and to Pastner’s programs over the years. He claims that Pastner provided him money to give to players on Pastner’s Georgia Tech and Memphis teams, and says that Pastner knew precisely what Bell was doing. He also alleged providing benefits to former Memphis Tiger and current Ole Miss guard Markel Crawford.
Josh Pastner, Georgia Tech accused of NCAA violations by former friend of the program
College Basketball Talk | Nov 7