NC State receives NOA from the NCAA, relating to Dennis Smith Jr

Ruben Hill
July 12, 2019

At the same time, the university has begun to distance itself from Gottfried and Early, stating that the former coaches "were well educated about the rules and knew the rules, and that if the allegations are true, those coaches chose to break the rules". (4) after a 75-61 loss against Clemson in the first round of the 2017 ACC Tournament.

According to a release from the university on Wednesday (July 10), NC State received its Notice of Allegations from the NCAA - stemming from the recruitment of former one-and-done point guard Dennis Smith Jr.

Parties hit in the NOA - Gottfried, Early and NC State - have 90 days to respond to the NCAA's allegations. Smith played his prep basketball in Fayetteville at Trinity Christian.

The notice includes two that are potential top-level charges. The most significant allegation was that a $40,000 payment was orchestrated to Smith's family by former assistant coach Orlando Early provided by former Adidas representative T.J. Gassnola. Gottfried is charged with violation of head coach responsibility bylaws, while the N.C. State athletic department is charged with "failure to monitor" the basketball program.

The notice indicates the NCAA's hearing panel could levy show-cause penalties against both Gottfried and Early. Smith, a point guard with the New York Knicks, is entering his third season in the National Basketball Association.

As described by the NCAA, Level I violations are those that "seriously undermine or threaten the integrity of the NCAA collegiate model as set forth in the Constitution and bylaws, including any violation that provides or is meant to provide a substantial or extensive recruiting, competitive or other advantage, or a substantial or extensive impermissible benefit". There are two Level II violations connected to Smith being provided complimentary tickets to home games at NC State and to parking passes provided to him for home football games.

Smith was one of six college players named by federal prosecutors in the case against Gatto, Code and Dawkins.

The staff of current coach Kevin Keatts, who replaced Gottfried in March 2017, isn't linked to the case.

The Duke University Blue Devils challenge the Alabama State University Hornets during the first round game of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at RBC Center on March 18, 2004 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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