Georgia Tech's self-reported violations 'not even close' to true, man claims


Former Memphis Tigers basketball coach Josh Pastner is facing allegations involving extra benefits given to a player at the University of Memphis and multiple players at Georgia Tech.

Bell told CBS Sports that he gave two basketball players more than the amount of money self-reported by the school, and says Pastner knew about the violations before the October 2 date that was reported.

Reportedly a 51-year-old recovering addict who spent almost four years in prison, Bell told CBS he had a heated exchange with Pastner over the issue.

During those 10 calls, Bell said he threatened to expose Pastner, who said nobody would believe Bell (a recovering addict) because he spent four years in prison from 2009-13.

Georgia Tech self-reported violations involving it's basketball program last week saying Josh Okogie and Tadric Jackson received improper benefits from an unnamed person totaling no more than $1,275 between the two. Bell said he paid for a 220-mile roundtrip ride from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to Tucson as well as a $120 meal at a Houston's steakhouse in Atlanta. Jackson and Okogie are suspended from the team indefinitely. Bell even alleges that Pastner asked him to host the players. "And I said, 'You don't cheat?' Yes, you do". I said, 'Josh, I don't make threats. When Crawford announced his intention to transfer from Memphis, Bell claims he bought plane tickets for Crawford to visit him in Tucson in an attempt to convince Crawford to rejoin Pastner at Georgia Tech.

Paster and Georgia Tech are in China preparing for their season-opener against UCLA.