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Georgia Tech's Tadric Jackson, Josh Okogie suspended over benefits

Georgia Tech's Tadric Jackson, Josh Okogie suspended over benefits”

Now comes this report from Dana O'Neil of The Athletic indicating that Georgia Tech has suspended Tadric Jackson and Josh Okogie for allegedly taking apparel and meals from an unnamed person. Okogie received less than $750 worth of benefits, and Jackson's benefits totaled less than $525.

Georgia Tech's internal investigation determined that violations of NCAA rules occurred.

According to a release, the student athletes received benefits beginning in November 2016 and ending in May 2017.

Georgia Tech says on October 2 coach Josh Pastner became aware of the violations and reported the situation to the compliance office, which then began its investigation and informed the NCAA of its findings.

Tech found that Jackson and Okogie received a form of payment prohibited by NCAA rules in the category of "preferential treatment, benefits or services". "I continue to be proud of the culture of compliance within our men's basketball program and across the board here at Georgia Tech".

The school says its investigation shows the violations were isolated and took place without the knowledge of Pastner and his staff.

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets basketball team is reportedly being proactive with player discipline while it waits to hear from the NCAA. "This isolated situation can and will be a learning opportunity for our entire program". The school compliance office determined violations had occurred and declared the players ineligible. He started all 37 games, averaging 16.1 points and 5.4 rebounds. It may be hard-pressed in early-season action without the two playmakers with notable games against UCLA, Northwestern and Tennessee within the first month of action.

Jackson, who is a senior, was the team's third-leading scorer last season at 12.1 points per game behind 32.5 percent shooting from three.

Okogie was set to be out for a couple of weeks already due to an injured finger suffered in an exhibition against Georgia State, but it appears that he will be unable to play for much longer depending on the NCAA's final decision.



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