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

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.

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.”

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