It was reported last month that the NCAA was going to send out notice of allegations to at least six college basketball programs. North Carolina State is the first of that number to officially receive their notice. With it came allegations of Level one violations in regards to the school’s recruitment of Dennis Smith Jr. The notice alleges that Smith Jr. received impermissible benefits including $46,700.
Mark Gottfried was the head coach at the time of the recruitment and with that has been accused of a level one violation for “head coach responsibility.” Gottfried was fired after Smith Jr.’s one and only season at North Carolina State. The school went 15-17 and did not make the NCAA Tournament. Former Gottfried assistant Orlando Early was the head recruiter of Smith Jr.
Just landed to the news that NC State is the first to get a notice of allegations from the NCAA. Will be interesting to see how hard program gets hit since all the key parties are gone — Mark Gottfried, Orlando Early, Dennis Smith … and even AD Debbie Yow.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) July 10, 2019
This and the allegations to soon follow are all a result of the FBI scandal the shook college basketball in the fall of 2017. Following the conclusion of the trial this past spring, the NCAA was given the go-ahead to start looking into violations. Although nothing much came from the trial, the NCAA has decided to move forward with allegations of violations.
At this time North Carolina State is the only of the at least six schools to receive their notice. The allegations were expected to be received at the last report by the end of summer. The first couple were expected to be received here in the first week or two of July. It will be interesting to follow on which school(s) are next.