NC State’s recruitment of Dennis Smith Jr. at heart of major NCAA allegations

first_imgSmith won ACC Freshman of the Year during the 2016-17 season as he averaged 18.1 points and 6.2 assists per game. However, the NCAA has deemed Smith was ineligible to play.NC State, Gottfried and Early have 90 days to respond to the notice, but Gottfried released a statement through his attorney Scott Tompsett on Wednesday.“While we disagree with the enforcement staff’s position that Coach Gottfried did not adequately monitor certain aspects of his program, we are pleased that the NCAA agrees that he was not involved in any illicit payments,” Tompsett said in the statement (via the News and Observer). “This case will ultimately be decided by the Committee on Infractions after a full hearing at which Coach Gottfried will appear and have an opportunity to present his position.” Each player is allotted four complimentary tickets to each home game. According to the notice of allegations, Smith received 106 complimentary tickets to 13 games. Former head coach Mark Gottfried (now at Cal State Northridge) was tagged with a failure-to-monitor charge, and former assistant Orlando Early is accused of facilitating a $40,000 payment from a former Adidas executive to Smith’s family during his recruitment and providing more than $6,600 in complementary to Smith’s family and associates during his one year with the program.”It is alleged that from September 2014 through March 2017, Orlando Early, then men’s basketball assistant coach and lead recruiter, violated the NCAA principles of ethical conduct when he and members of the men’s basketball staff committed multiple recruiting violations and provided extra benefits during the recruitment and subsequent enrollment of [Smith],” the notice of allegations said (via “Early and the men’s basketball staff members arranged for and/or provided Smith and individuals associated with him approximately $46,700 in impermissible inducements and benefits.” Related News Duke lands 2020 5-star recruit Jalen Johnsoncenter_img Chuck Person was so broke he started taking bribes in NCAA recruiting scandal, his lawyers say NC State was hit with a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA on Tuesday and will now have to answer several questions surrounding its recruitment of former basketball player Dennis Smith Jr.The Wolfpack is facing a total of four infractions — two Level I violations, the most severe category, and two Level II violations.last_img

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