NCAA charges NC State with 4 men's hoops violations

  • NCAA charges NC State with 4 men's hoops violations

NCAA charges NC State with 4 men's hoops violations

According to a release from the university on Wednesday (July 10), NC State received its Notice of Allegations from the NCAA - stemming from the recruitment of former one-and-done point guard Dennis Smith Jr.

The notice came roughly a month after a key NCAA official said six schools could face allegations of Level I violations as part of the fallout in the college basketball corruption scandal. However, the NCAA has deemed Smith was ineligible to play.

Former head coach Mark Gottfried (now at Cal State Northridge) was tagged with a failure-to-monitor charge, and former assistant Orlando Early is accused of facilitating a $40,000 payment from a former Adidas executive to Smith's family during his recruitment and providing more than $6,600 in complementary to Smith's family and associates during his one year with the program.

N.C. State became the first school mentioned in the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into college basketball corruption to receive an NCAA Notice of Allegations.

"As a program, we will continue to operate with the highest commitment to compliance, honesty and integrity, and adhering to NCAA rules". He resurfaced two years later at N.C. State, where he reached the Sweet 16 twice in his first four years before being fired in 2017 after back-to-back losing seasons.

Gottfried, the head coach at NC State at the time facing significant consequences as a part of this, is now the head coach at Cal State Northridge.

NC State, Gottfried and Early have 90 days to respond to the notice, but Gottfried released a statement through his attorney Scott Tompsett on Wednesday. No members of the Wolfpack's current staff were implicated by the NCAA, a fact prominently mentioned by new athletic director Boo Corrigan in a message to his school's fans posted on Twitter on Thursday.

The Wolfpack are the first of several schools expected to be targeted by the NCAA as a result of the FBI investigation and federal trial. He is also alleged to have provided $4,562 in 106 impermissible complimentary tickets on 13 occasions between November 2016 and February 2017.

The less-severe allegations charge men's basketball staffers with providing $862 in impermissible benefits in the form of 14 complimentary admissions in 2016, and accuse the school with failing to monitor the program's use of complimentary admissions.

N.C. State head coach Mark Gottfried walks off the floor with Dennis Smith Jr.