Cal State Northridge coach Mark Gottfried, who used to coach at NC State, has been accused of facilitating cash payments to the trainer of Dennis Smith Jr.  

The payments were to be delivered to the father of Smith Jr. to ensure the now New York Knicks point guard signed with the Wolfpack.  


According to a disclosure from federal prosecutors, former NC State assistant coach Orlando Early’s attorney said his client disclosed that Gottfried on two occasions gave him envelopes — containing what Early believed was cash — to deliver to star guard Dennis Smith Jr.‘s trainer to ensure he signed with the Wolfpack in 2015.

Smith’s trainer, Shawn Farmer, was supposed to deliver the envelopes to Dennis Smith Sr., the father of the five-star recruit, who is now a point guard with the New York Knicks.

According to sources, the allegations concerning Gottfried were included in a sentencing memorandum filed Feb. 12 on behalf of former Adidas executive James Gatto, who was sentenced to nine months in federal prison Tuesday.

What school hasn’t done something like this?  There’s no doubt about it this has happened at every top program in the country and still is at some.  

Just pay the players already.  This kind of stuff is getting ridiculous.

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