Nov 7, 17, 07:57 AM #1
Josh Pastner is in Some Hot Water....Pastner Under Reported Impermissible Benefits Given to Players
Ron Bell, an Arizona resident and longtime friend of Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner, has told CBS Sports he's the person who provided benefits in violation of NCAA rules to Georgia Tech basketball players Josh Okogie and Tadric Jackson.
....Bell, a recovering addict who spent nearly four years in prison from 2009 to 2013, said the only significant thing about Oct. 2 is that it's the last day he spoke to Pastner. Bell said he believes Pastner self-reported the violations when he did because, after a falling out between the two, he threatened to expose Pastner during a phone conversation that day.
..."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 said. "And I said, 'You don't cheat?' Yes, you do. Yes, you do.'"
..."I just started to realize he's not a friend," Bell said. "I told him 'I hold your career in my hands. You're going to show me respect.' ... I said, 'I've been protecting you for two years. And if you don't watch yourself, if I start self-reporting, you're going to be coaching high school basketball.' And he said, 'Are you threatening me?' And I remember it like it was yesterday. I said, 'Josh, I don't make threats. Everything I say I'm going to do, I do it.'"Advertisement
Nov 7, 17, 08:04 AM #2He"ll get a raise, an extension and win the Powerball now
Nov 7, 17, 08:08 AM #3My favorite part of this is in the why Bell ratted out Pastner...."He didn't call me on my birthday".
Nov 7, 17, 08:30 AM #4
Sounds like Mr. Pastner let the wrong get too close to the program.
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Nov 7, 17, 09:37 PM #6I've been a Tech fan since early in the Bobby Cremins era, and the program has been a mess for a while. I had a vague sense of unease when they hired Pastner. Now my Yellowjackety sense is tingling.