Just last month, NCAA representative Stan Wilcox stated they were ready to hand out some big penalties for some of the schools that were involved in the FBI corruption scandal. Today, the first notice of allegations have been handed out and they hit an ACC school who got caught with their hand in the cookie jar during the Mark Gottfried era.
The main allegation is that former NC State assistant Orlando Early and other members of the staff arranged for and/or provided Smith and individuals associated with Smith approximately $46,700 in impermissible inducements and benefits.
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) July 10, 2019
According to the reporting done by Pete Thamel, Dan Wetzel and Pat Forde, former head coach Mark Gottfried has been charged with “violating head coach responsibility legislation, specifically a failure to monitor his program and promote an atmosphere of compliance”. The former Murray State and Alabama head coach is now at Cal State Northridge and could soon find himself on the chopping block.
In the FBI scandal involving Adidas, it was reported that Smith’s dad received a $40,000 payment from a middleman working for the shoe company. It took us some time, but we’ve now reached the period where schools involved are going to be punished by the NCAA.
In the year Smith played for the Wolfpack, NC State went just 15-17 (4-14) and Gottfried was fired after working for six seasons in Raleigh and leading NC State to two Sweet 16 appearances. Smith was the ninth pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks, but was traded to the Knicks this past season in the Kristaps Porzingis deal. Through two full seasons, he is putting up 14.5 points per game.
Expect NC State and head coach Kevin Keatts to have some rough waters to get through moving forward. There will certainly be scholarship reductions and a postseason ban is a possibility. Not great for a program that is thirsty to compete at a national level on the hardwood.
Will Louisville, Arizona, or LSU be next?