The NCAA issued a Notice of Allegations against North Carolina State, accusing the Wolfpack of two Level I violations and two Level II violations tied to college basketball’s recruitment scandal.
NC State becomes the first institution to face charges in the corruption case that began two years ago.
Also implicated in the NOA are former head coach Mark Gottfried and former assistant Orlando Early. Early is accused of funneling more than $46,000 to either star recruit, Dennis Smith Jr or his family to ensure he attended NC State, with $40,000 of that allegedly coming from a former Adidas executive.
Gottfried, who was fired by NC State in 2017 and is currently head coach at Cal State-Northridge, was hit with a ‘failure to monitor’ allegation.
Corruption charges were first made public in September 2017, when 10 people, including Adidas executives and four assistant coaches in prominent programs, were arrested for allegedly orchestrating tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of payments to basketball recruits
Last October, all three defendants in the first college hoops corruption trial, Adidas executive James Gatto, former Adidas consultant Merl Code and former sports agent Christian Dawkins, were found guilty Wednesday by a federal jury.