NC State has been hit with a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA including two alleged Level 1 violations in the recruitment of former Wolfpack star Dennis Smith Jr.
According to school release, the NCAA has accused former NC State assistant Orlando Early and former head coach Mark Gottfriend of Level 1 violations. These charges stem from reported impermissible benefits provided to Smith during his recruitment.
Smith, who was one of the top recruits in the 2016 class and played one season at NC State in 2016-17, allegedly received more than $40,000 from Early through a middle man. This accusation was uncovered during the FBI investigation into corruption in college hoops.
The Wolfpack have also been hit with a pair of Level II violations involving complementary tickets to NC State home football games as well as providing Smith with a free parking pass for a football game before he enrolled as a student.
Just took a very quick read of this. NCAA going after Orlando Early, Mark Gottfried individually with a Level 1 violations and NC State with a Leve 2 failure to monitor. Dennis Smith alleged to receive nearly $47k in impermissible benefits https://t.co/PT6gTMpGNq
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) July 10, 2019
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.
There could be other prominent programs involved as well.