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Late Monday, N.C. State University responded to the NCAA’s notice of allegations that was received on July 9.
The school released a statement detailing its response, including the self-imposed penalties it issued while “strenuously” denying it reached the Level I allegation “based on a lack of evidence of a recruiting violation, combined with the improper use of information from a criminal trial.”
N.C. State admitted culpability in Level II and Level III concerning complimentary admission to basketball contests.
N.C. State’s chancellor Dr. Randy Woodson released a statement on Monday.
“When this process started, we promised accountability where appropriate and vigorous defense where necessary, and our response does exactly that,” Woodson said. “We look forward to a thorough and accurate review by the panel of the committee on infractions and a fair resolution of this case for the university and the NCAA.”
Below is the list of self-imposed punishments N.C. State instituted against itself Monday:
• Financial penalty — $5,000 fine.
• Scholarship reduction — Reduce the total number of athletics awards in the sport of men’s basketball for the incoming class of the 2021-22 academic year by one (the first available opportunity) from the permissible total of 13, or if a scholarship becomes available, at the time of such availability if before the 2021-22 academic year.
• Recruiting restriction — Reduce the number of official visits by one during the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years and prohibit unofficial visits during a two-week period during the 2019-20 academic year.
• The university has implemented new complimentary admissions policies and procedures that include, but is not limited to, a stricter adherence to individuals identified as business contacts and on-site monitoring of all complimentary tickets by athletics compliance.
De’Von Graves has entered the transfer portal and is expected to leave N.C. State’s football program.
The sophomore defensive back was a reserve at cornerback and safety. He played in 11 games this season, primarily at corner, and finished the 2019 campaign with 23 tackles and four pass breakups.
N.C. State defensive lineman Larrell Murchison, placekicker Christopher Dunn, and punter Trenton Gill were named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference second team by The Associated Press on Tuesday.
Murchison led the Wolfpack with seven sacks and 12 tackles for loss. He had 48 tackles overall in 2019. His sack total was seventh-best in the ACC, and he ranked 11th in tackles for loss.
Dunn converted 21-of-24 field-goal attempts in 2019. The 21 field goals were the eighth most in the nation and the second most in school history. His 23 field goals as a freshman last season is an N.C. State record. He last missed a field goal on Sept. 28.
Gill led the ACC and ranked fourth nationally with an average of 47.6 yards per punt, which was also a new school record, topping the previous mark of 46.1 yards set 44 years ago. He had 56 punts in 2019 and 24 of them (42.9 percent) were for at least 50 yards.
Pro Football Focus has named N.C. State left tackle Ikem Ekwonu to its Freshman All-America first team. The publication also named Ekwonu All-ACC second-team.
Linebacker Drake Thomas was named to the third team, and true freshman running back Zonovan Knight, an alumnus of Southern Nash High, was also an honorable mention selection.
Thomas finished the 2019 season with 34 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, and an interception. Knight led the Wolfpack in rushing as a freshman with 745 yards and five touchdowns.
Rob McLamb of Inside Pack Sports has covered N.C. State athletics and recruiting since 2012. You can follow him on Twitter @RobMcLamb.