The two of them fell out in 2017, and a scorched earth campaign by Bell ensued. It even included allegations of sexual assault against Pastner so fanciful that no prosecutor would follow up. This story was just one boiled bunny away from being a weird “Fatal Attraction” remake. Bell would not be ignored.
The only way the coach could lose his superior footing would be to get caught in his own untruths. Ooops. The NCAA does not take kindly to that sort of thing.
So, what does the latest turn of the story mean?
Well, it remains Pastner’s fault for bringing this character to Tech’s doorstep, for introducing this influence to the program. What Pastner knew and what he didn’t matters little. The resulting chaos is on the coach.
The NCAA has yet to name Pastner in any allegation. And there seems no rush to treat these violations as earthshaking. Maybe, given the scope of abuse in college sports, they really aren’t so pressing. Maybe an all-expense-paid trip to Arizona for a couple players and a strip club excursion for a recruit (traced to former assistant Darryl LaBarrie) barely register anymore. We’re all allowed to be that jaded now.
Pastner still owns the advantage in his battle with Bell. Not because his own credibility is unassailable — that has been effectively assailed. But rather because of the sheer unreliability of his accuser.
All through this ugliness, there has been this feel of mutually assured destruction; nobody would get out unscathed.
But I wonder about that. Pastner is 27-37 overall his last two seasons at Tech and 12-24 in the ACC. Might he survive this episode only to face a more practical, natural kind of jeopardy?