Ga Tech star Okogie suspended 6 games for NCAA violations

From FOX Sports - November 14, 2017

ATLANTA (AP)Georgia Tech star Josh Okogie will serve a six-game suspension, while teammate Tadric Jackson must sit out three games for accepting benefits in violation of NCAA rules.

Okogie and Jackson already missed the Yellow Jackets season-opening loss to No. 23 UCLA, staying home while the team played the Bruins in Shanghai, China.

The school turned itself in to the NCAA last month, saying an internal investigation showed Jackson and Okogie received apparel, meals and transportation valued at less than $525 and less than $750, respectively, from a person. While the identity was not revealed, Georgia Tech said the person was not a booster nor employed by Georgia Tech.

The NCAA announced its decision Tuesday.

Jackson will also miss games against Bethune Cookman (Nov. 19) and Texas-Rio Grande Valley (Nov. 22), allowing him to return for a Nov. 24 contest against North Texas.

Okogie must sit out those three games along with Northwestern (Nov. 28) and Grambling State (Dec. 1) before he is eligible to return Dec. 3 against Tennessee.

Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner became aware of the violations in early October and reported the situation to the compliance office, which then began its investigation and informed the NCAA of its findings.


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