North Carolina State University announced Wednesday it had received a notice of allegations from the NCAA regarding alleged rule violations committed under former head coach Mark Gottfried.
The highest level of allegations (level I) is the recruitment of current NBA player Dennis Smith Jr., the No. 9 pick in the 2017 draft, who spent a season with the Wolfpack in 2016-17.
The NCAA's allegations allegation alleges that Smith and "associates" received "approximately $ 46,700 in unlawful incentives and benefits" between September 2014 and March 2017. Orlando Early, Early Assistant , is accused of being the most effective person for getting money for Smith.
For his part, Gottfried is accused of a level I violation for "responsibility of the head coach". Specifically with respect to Smith's charges, Gottfried "did not demonstrate that he was monitoring his direct report, Orlando Early … for early compliance involving TJ Gassnola, a representative of the sporting interest of the institution and an external consultant for Adidas, and Shawn Farmer, a person associated with Dennis Smith Jr., a student-athlete of basketball of the time, in the recruitment of Smith of Early, which involved organizing and / or setting up a $ 40,000 recruitment incentive. "
Former North Carolina goaltender Dennis Smith Jr. and former coach Mark Gottfried. (Photo: Jamie Rhodes, USA TODAY Sports)
Wednesday's news was the result of an NCAA survey following the FBI's investigation of college basketball.
"NC State is committed to the highest standards of compliance, honesty and integrity," said Chancellor Randy Woodson in his release. "As the university carefully examines the NCAA allegations and carefully evaluates the evidence to determine our response, we are prepared to be accountable when we feel it is appropriate and to vigorously defend this great university and its program. of athletics where we deem it necessary. . "
The school noted in its publication that all the coaches charged are no longer employed by the university.
Gottfried was fired by NC State in 2017 after his team was 15-17 and missed the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row. Aged 55, he has also been head coach at Murray State, Alabama, and is currently the head coach of Cal State Northridge.