Former friend of Josh Pastner alleges impermissible benefits given to players

Josh Pastner

Josh Pastner

On Thursday, Georgia Tech announced that it self-reported the violations to the NCAA and suspended two players indefinitely.

An article in CBS Sports says Ron Bell is the unnamed person who is responsible for the NCAA violations self-reported to the school's compliance office by Pastner and Georgia Tech after Pastner learned of them on October 2.

Reportedly a 51-year-old recovering addict who spent almost four years in prison, Bell told CBS he had a heated exchange with Pastner over the issue.

The report Georgia Tech filed with the NCAA claims that Pastner had no knowledge of the trip until October 2, and that he immediately self-reported the violations when he became aware of them. Bell, who's phone records show he spoke to Paster over the phone 10 separate time for a total of 105 minutes October 2, said that claim is "absolutely not" true. He also said Pastner allegedly provided Bell with cash to give the players.


"I told him 'I hold your career in my hands".

"I said, 'I've been protecting you for two years. Everything I say I'm going to do, I do it'".

Pastner and the Yellow Jackets now are in China, preparing for their season opener Friday against UCLA in Shanghai.

Perhaps most importantly, Bell said Pastner, the ACC Coach of the Year last season, "100 percent" knew that Jackson and Okogie were with him in Tucson. "Any allegations that NCAA rules weren't followed will be investigated thoroughly by our compliance department while I focus on coaching my team".

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