Georgia Tech's Josh Okogie, Tadric Jackson suspended indefinitely for minor NCAA violation

Georgia Tech readies for Josh Okogie Tadrick Jackson absences as NCAA probes benefits

Georgia Tech readies for Josh Okogie Tadrick Jackson absences as NCAA probes benefits

The university announced Thursday it will keep sophomore guard Josh Okogie and senior guard Tadric Jackson inactive until the NCAA completes its investigation into the two receiving improper benefits. Neither player will travel with the team for the Yellow Jackets season opener next week against UCLA in Shanghai, China.

Specifically, Jackson received apparel, meals and transportation totaling less than $525 from an individual who is neither employed by Georgia Tech athletics nor a booster, while Okogie received apparel, meals and transportation totaling less than $750 from the same individual.

"While we never want to learn that NCAA rules violations have occurred, I applaud coach Pastner and our compliance staff for taking immediate action as soon as these violations came to light", Georgia Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury said in a statement released by the school.

Okogie led the Yellow Jackets in scoring last season at 16.1 points per game.

Georgia Tech says it is awaiting a resolution of the matter from the NCAA. He can also get involved on the boards from the backcourt as his 5.4 rebounds a night in 2016-17 evidenced.

Without Okogie and Jackson, Georgia Tech will have to slow down a talented UCLA perimeter attack with a limited rotation next week.

"Nothing is more important to me than having an atmosphere of compliance", Pastner said. Jackson was the team's third-leading scorer and averaged 12.1 points as a junior. "This isolated situation can and will be a learning opportunity for our entire program".

That continued earlier on Thursday when Auburn ruled two players ineligible for an exhibition game (more on that here).

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