ATLANTA, Ga. — A protracted-time good friend of former Memphis Tigers basketball coach Josh Pastner is accusing him of below reporting rule violations to the NCAA, CBS Sports reported.
Just final week, Georgia Tech self-reported the violations to the league and even suspended Josh Okogie and Tadric Jackson. They mentioned the 2 gamers allegedly accepted garments, meals and transportation advantages totaling $525 and $750, respectively.
Georgia Tech didn’t determine the one who offered the advantages, however mentioned it was the identical particular person in each circumstances.
On Tuesday, Ron Bell informed CBS Sports he was the one who present the advantages, however says the college — and Pastner — didn’t report the whole lot to the league. He claimed he gave the coed athletes greater than the quantity listed by Georgia Tech, and that the college’s declare that the pinnacle coach didn’t know something concerning the violations previous to October 2 is fake.
Furthermore, he mentioned he believes Pastner self-reported the violations after he threatened to reveal the coach throughout a cellphone dialog in early October.
“And basically what [Pastner] told me is, ‘Nobody is going to believe you because you were in prison, and I’ve never been to prison, and I have a great reputation, and I don’t cheat,’” Bell mentioned. “And I said, ‘You don’t cheat?’ Yes, you do. Yes, you do.’”
Pastner launched a press release saying, “As I have throughout my career, I remain committed to following NCAA rules. Any allegations that NCAA rules weren’t followed will be investigated thoroughly by our compliance department while I focus on coaching my team.”