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.
Gottfried, 55, coached NC State from 2011 to 2017, going 123-86 and leading the team to four NCAA Tournament appearances. He left after consecutive losing seasons, joined the Mavericks as an assistant coach during the 2017 NBA summer league and was hired as Cal State Northridge's head coach in March of 2018, going 13-21 this past season.
Early, 51, was on Gottfried's staff for the duration of his NC State tenure, also leaving the school after the 2016-17 campaign. He has not coached at the college level since.
The school, Gottfried and Early have 90 days to respond to the NCAA, which will then have 60 days to reply. A potential hearing would follow a month or two afterward, and a decision likely a few months beyond that.
The allegations are the first made by the NCAA relating to information revealed by multiple trials related to corruption in basketball recruiting over the last year. Other schools that appear likely to face NCAA allegations include Arizona, Kansas, Louisville, LSU and USC.
--Field Level Media