For the game Wednesday, one-fourth of the scholarship players available to Pastner – Okogie, Jackson and Moore – were sat down by the NCAA.
It has been a tumultuous start to Pastner's second season. Okogie dislocated his finger in a scrimmage against Georgia State on Oct. 28. On Nov. 2, the day before the team was to leave for China, the decision to withhold Okogie and Jackson was released. That was followed by a CBS Sports report five days later in which the friend of Pastner's who had provided plane tickets, meals and transportation to Okogie and Pastner alleged that the coach was aware of the violations. Earlier that day, three Tech players were questioned in the UCLA shoplifting arrests in Hangzhou, China, before being cleared.
And, Wednesday, the decisions on LaBarrie and Moore became public. Unlike the Okogie/Jackson decision, the school did not identify the violation that Moore committed, but said that the matter is closed. A school spokesman would not say whether it was related to the Okogie/Jackson violations.
It would seem an embarrassing stretch for an athletic department that has endeavored to build a culture of NCAA compliance after two completely avoidable rules infractions resulted in the vacating of the 2009 ACC football championship and then the extension of probation in 2014 after Tech coaches were found to have made hundreds of impermissible calls and texts. The school's six-year NCAA probation ended in July of this year.