July 17th, 2019 | by CollegeAD

The NCAA’s case against N.C. State University alleging an improper $40,000 payment to former basketball player Dennis Smith Jr. does not include interviews of the two men accused of being at the center of the arrangement — former Adidas consultant T.J. Gassnola and former men’s assistant basketball coach Orlando Early. Records obtained Tuesday by The News & Observer through a public records request show a list of exhibits in the case that identifies who was interviewed and other records being used to charge NCSU’s former basketball coach Mark Gottfried with a failure to monitor and Early with providing impermissible benefits. The exhibit list includes references to several attempts to interview Early, Gassnola and Adidas executive Jim Gatto. Gassnola was a government witness and admitted guilt in the case. Early never testified and has also never commented on the case. The exhibit list indicates that NCAA investigators sent “refusal to cooperate” letters to Gassnola and Gatto, but no such letter is listed for Early. -Dan Kane, The News & Observer. Read More.

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