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.
Now public, the NCAA has alleged multiple violations (four in total) against NC State, including two of the Level I variety, which is the most severe form of allegation. Those two allegations involve former head coach Mark Gottfried, now at Cal State Northridge, and former assistant coach Orlando Early, including a $40,000 from a former Adidas executive (James Gatto) to Smith’s family in the fall of 2015.
BREAKING: NC State gets NCAA Notice of Allegations for violations related to Dennis Smith Jr.
— ACC Now (@accnow) July 10, 2019
Last October, Carrie Doyle — NC State’s compliance director — denied the university have any knowledge of said exchange, while testifying in federal court. Those federal trials, which started in October 2018, wrapped up in May 2019. After those trials completed, the NCAA started its investigation process.
The second Level I violation involves Gottfried, and his failure to monitor Early.
Additionally, there are two Level II violations against NC State — also involving Dennis Smith Jr., this time with tickets and parking passes to an NC State football game.
NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson released a statement of the the NOA:
NC State is committed to the highest levels of compliance, honesty and integrity. 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.
New Director of Athletics at NC State Boo Corrigan released a statement on Twitter, too.
— Boo Corrigan (@BooCorrigan) July 10, 2019