The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets basketball program will not be participating in the 2020 postseason, not like they were anyway, after the NCAA has banned them from competing in the NCAA tournament after Georgia Tech boosters were found to have violated NCAA rules.
Former Georgia Tech player, and current booster Jarrett Jack, was found to have taken a recruit (named to be former Duke player Wendell Carter) to a strip club in Atlanta and provided Carter with $300 to spend at the club.
Another booster provided clothing, shoes, meals, and lodging to recruits.
The Punishment handed down to Georgia Tech is as follows:
- Postseason ban for 2019-20
- Four year probation period, with a scholarship reduction each year
- $5,000 fine plus a 2% of the men's basketball budget
- Vacation of wins for one season (so not a lot)
- No official visits during home games for two years
These punishments were handed down to GT for only two level one violations. Kansas was just hit with three level one violations and a lack of institutional control from the NCAA.
Judging by the news today, Kansas should be trembling in their boots, because they are almost certainly going to be next. If the GT program got hammered for stuff significantly less than what Kansas has been accused of doing, the Jayhawks program might get the worst punishment for a high-level men's basketball program that we’ve seen since, uh, Louisville two years ago?
Speaking of Louisville, they have not yet been punished for their involvement in the Adidas scandal, which involved a pay-for-play scheme to get five-star recruit Brian Bowen for $100,000.
The Cardinals have already been hit with a loss of a national title and lack of institutional control because of the Katina Powell scandal, but similar punishments like Georgia Tech’s could be coming for the Cardinals in the very near future.
That in turn could help Kentucky’s recruitment of Devin Askew, who is believed to be deciding between the Wildcats and Cardinals when it’s all said and done.
Coincidentally, Kentucky has picked up a lot of recent steam with Askew. maybe that has something to do with the potential for Louisville to get its own postseason ban for the 2020-21 season.
Other schools who’ve been linked to the FBi investigations include LSU, Arizona and Auburn, so they should be pretty nervous right about now.
One thing is for certain, however. If the NCAA does not hammer Kansas, they are spineless.