NC State gets NCAA recruiting notice
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.
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.