Georgia Tech's Josh Okogie, Tadric Jackson suspended indefinitely for minor NCAA violation

Aubrey Yates
November 3, 2017

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets basketball team is reportedly being proactive with player discipline while it waits to hear from the NCAA. Neither will make the trip to China to play UCLA next week.

Specifically, Jackson received apparel, meals and transportation totaling less than $525 from an individual who is neither employed by Georgia Tech athletics nor a booster, while Okogie received apparel, meals and transportation totaling less than $750 from the same individual. Tech self-reported the violations after coach Josh Pastner learned of them last month.

Georgia Tech is awaiting a ruling from the NCAA.

The internal investigation showed that the violations were isolated and occurred without the knowledge of the coaching staff.

Georgia Tech will be without two starters for a portion of its 2017-18 men's basketball schedule.

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"Nothing is more important to me than having an atmosphere of compliance", Pastner said.

As a freshman Josh Okogie led the Yellow Jackets in scoring, averaging 16.1 points along with 5.4 rebounds per night as he started all 37 games on a team that reached the title game of the Postseason NIT.

Pastner said the violations are an "isolated situation". As for Tadric Jackson, he contributed 12.1 points and 2.2 rebounds per game off the bench. "We're moving ahead and looking forward to having Tadric and Josh back in game action early this season". Okogie was held out with a finger injury.

According to Sugiura, NCAA guidelines say benefits between $400 and $700 often result in a suspension of 20 percent of the regular season, while more than $700 often results in a suspension of 30 percent of the regular season.

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