November 7th, 2018 | by CollegeAD

N.C. State athletic director Debbie Yow, through an athletic department spokesman, declined to comment Wednesday on a Yahoo! Sports report that the federal government has given the NCAA the approval to start its own investigation into the scandal involving the sneaker company Adidas and the payment of recruits to attend Adidas-sponsored schools. Yahoo! Sports, citing anonymous sources, published the report on Tuesday night. N.C. State, Kansas, Miami and Louisville were involved in an federal trial in New York in October that found an Adidas executive, Jim Gatto, an Adidas consultant, Merle Code, and a would-be agent, Christian Dawkins, had defrauded those schools by paying recruits and rendering them ineligible by NCAA standards and ineligible to receive federal grant money. The three were found guilty of wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. N.C. State acknowledged in April that it had reached out to the NCAA on three different dates, between March 1 and April 13, to provide information about the federal case and the dealings of Gatto and Dawkins involving star guard Dennis Smith Jr. in 2015 before Smith had enrolled at N.C. State. –  JOE GIGLIO, newsobserver – Read More

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