NC State faces NCAA charges relating to Smith

The NC State basketball program received notice of allegations from the NCAA on Tuesday relating to information that emerged from a 2018 federal trial on college recruiting corruption.The school released the documents — which levy allegations of two Level I violations (highest severity) and two Level II violations — on Wednesday. Three of the four allegations relate to the recruitment of former star guard Dennis Smith Jr., and to former head coach Mark Gottfried and assistant coach Orlando Early.During a trial last October that saw three men convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, Adidas consultant Thomas Gassnola testified that he gave Early $40,000 in October 2015 to give to Smith’s family, with hopes to secure Smith’s commitment to NC State. Gassnola testified for the government after pleading guilty to wire fraud.In the documents sent to the Wolfpack on Tuesday, the NCAA levied a Level I allegation against Early and a Level I allegation against Gottfried for “failure to monitor.”The Level II allegations involve the distribution of complimentary tickets to Wolfpack home games and a parking pass provided to Smith before he enrolled at the school.”NC State is committed to the highest levels of compliance, honesty and integrity,” NC State chancellor Randy Woodson said in a statement. “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.”Smith starred for the Wolfpack in 2016-17 before becoming the ninth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks. He is now with the New York Knicks after being traded in a package for Kristaps Porzingis in January.

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