Per an official release from Georgia Tech, head basketball coach Josh Pastner has self-reported a string of NCAA rules violations related to guards Josh Okogie and Tadric Jackson. The violations will result in both Okogie and Jackson being ruled ineligible until the conclusion of the NCAA’s official investigation.
The rule infringements stem from a number of incidents which occurred from November of 2016 until May of this year. Okogie and Jackson received impermissible benefits in the form of “apparel, meals, and transportation” totaling less than $750 and $525, respectively, from an individual not affiliated with Georgia Tech athletics. According to the release, no member of the Georgia Tech coaching staff was aware that the incidents were occurring.
Head coach Josh Pastner, who reported the violations to the NCAA in early October, had the following to say in his statement:
“Nothing is more important to me than having an atmosphere of compliance. This isolated situation can and will be a learning opportunity for our entire program. We’re moving ahead and looking forward to having Tadric and Josh back in game action early this season.”
The NCAA investigation is still pending at this time, meaning that neither Okogie nor Jackson will travel with the team to Shanghai for the season opener versus UCLA on November 10. The extent of the time that the duo will miss remains to be seen, but early indications are that they’ll remain ineligible for game action until at least the conclusion of the investigation.
Okogie, a sophomore guard and member of the USA U19 national team, averaged 16.1 points and 5.4 rebounds for the Jackets in his first season of college basketball last season. Jackson, a senior guard, averaged 12.1 points per game in his most successful season at Tech last year. Pastner will have to look to very young and inexperienced players to try and replicate that type of production, which doesn’t bode well for Tech hoops as the season gets underway.