NC State gets NCAA re­cruit­ing no­tice

The News & Observer - - Front Page - BY JOE GIGLIO [email protected]­sob­server.com

N.C. State has re­ceived a No­tice of Al­le­ga­tions from the NCAA for vi­o­la­tions re­lated to the re­cruit­ment of for­mer basketball star Den­nis Smith Jr.

The NCAA has al­leged two Level I vi­o­la­tions (the most se­vere), both con­nected to the re­cruit­ment of Smith and tied to for­mer as­sis­tant coach Or­lando Early and head coach Mark Got­tfried. There are two Level II vi­o­la­tions con­nected to the use of com­pli­men­tary tick­ets to N.C. State home games and for pro­vid­ing Smith with a park­ing pass to an N.C. State foot­ball game be­fore he en­rolled in 2016.

“NC State is com­mit­ted to the high­est lev­els of com­pli­ance, hon­esty and in­tegrity,” Chan­cel­lor Randy Wood­son said in a state­ment. “As the uni­ver­sity care­fully re­views the NCAA’s al­le­ga­tions and thor­oughly eval­u­ates the ev­i­dence in or­der to de­ter­mine our re­sponse, we are pre­pared to be ac­count­able where we be­lieve it is ap­pro­pri­ate and to vig­or­ously de­fend this great uni­ver­sity and its Ath­let­ics pro­gram where we feel it is nec­es­sary.”

The uni­ver­sity re­ceived the NOA doc­u­ments Tues­day and re­leased them Wed­nes­day.

The most se­vere al­le­ga­tions are tied to Early’s in­volve­ment in a $40,000 pay­ment from a for­mer Adi­das ex­ec­u­tive to Smith’s fam­ily in Oc­to­ber 2015.

The Level I al­le­ga­tion against Got­tfried is for a “fail­ure to mon­i­tor” charge tied to Early’s re­cruit­ment of Smith.

The school, Got­tfried and Early have 90 days to re­spond to the NCAA.

ETHAN HYMAN ehy­[email protected]­sob­server.com

N.C. State coach Mark Got­tfried, left, and as­sis­tant coach Or­lando Early talk with Den­nis Smith Jr. dur­ing the Wolf­pack’s 99-78 vic­tory over Fair­field at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., on Dec. 18, 2016.

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