The NCAA's wave of misconduct allegations, specifically with regards to cheating and improper benefits, keeps rolling on. Its latest victim? North Carolina State University, where both the school itself and numerous former coaches are facing serious potential repercussions.
One of the more notable alleged violations is that former Wolfpack star guard Dennis Smith Jr., currently of the New York Knicks, received tens of thousands of dollars in improper benefits while enrolled at the school.
With Smith Jr. now a profesional, he himself can't be punished in any way. Instead, the NCAA is targeting former head coach Mark Gottfried, who now coaches Cal State Northridge, and former assistant Orlando Early. Both men are being charged with Level I violations, the most severe charges that can be levied against a coach.
We're sure there's much more to come from this inquiry. The FBI's 18-month probe into corruption in college basketball has already produced criminal trials, but the naked corruption and fraud in amateur sports is far more widespread to have been contained so tidily. Another domino has fallen. It won't be the last.