Georgia Tech Assistant Darryl LaBarrie Resigns Amid NCAA Investigation

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 7, 2018

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Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets assistant coach Darryl LaBarrie has resigned, ESPN's Jeff Goodman reported Tuesday. 

Georgia Tech had placed LaBarrie on administrative leave while investigating an NCAA violation last November. According to GoodmanLaBarrie hosted a prospective recruit who was making an official on-campus visit when the violation occurred. The incident wasn't related to an ongoing FBI investigation into college basketball.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Ken Sugiura reported the recruit was part of the 2017 class so he is a current freshman at another school. Sugiura ruled out Wendell Carter (Duke), M.J. Walker and Ikechukwu Obiagu (Florida State), and Rashaun Hammonds (Georgia) as the recruit in question.

In addition to coaching at Georgia Tech from 2009 to 2011 and then returning in 2016, LaBarrie played three seasons for the Yellow Jackets between 1998 and 2001, so his Georgia Tech ties run deep.

"[Georgia Tech head coach Josh Pastner's] still got a great staff," AAU coach Chris Williams said to Sugiura in January. "I think Pastner’s still a great recruiter and a great coach, but for him to have a local guy like Darryl means a lot to the program, and I'm sure it means a lot to those players now at Georgia Tech."

Sugiura noted LaBarrie's absence may have already hurt Georgia Tech on the recruiting trail. Ashton Hagans, the No. 1 point guard in 2019 in 247Sports' composite rankings, committed to Georgia in December while LaBarrie was on administrative leave.


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