July 21st, 2019 | by CollegeAD

The NCAA investigator warned of dire consequences if Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner lied about breaking the association’s rules. “Understand,” Pastner answered.For the next four hours, however, Pastner repeatedly shaded the truth about a relationship at the heart of allegations that, almost two years later, still endanger the men’s basketball program at Tech. Throughout an interview with NCAA enforcement officials on Nov. 30, 2017, Pastner dramatically mischaracterized his ties to Ron Bell, an estranged friend, reformed drug addict and former prison inmate from Tucson, Arizona. The NCAA may expel coaches who withhold information or lie to its investigators. But it has not accused Pastner of breaking any rules, despite evidence that undermines his story. Neither the NCAA nor Tech would comment on Pastner’s interview. -Alan Judd, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Read More.

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