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Mark Gottfried (right), former N.C. State basketball coach, and Dennis Smith Jr. during the 2017 ACC Tournament. 

Former N.C. State basketball coach Mark Gottfried has been linked to providing impermissible payments to one-year Wolfpack player Dennis Smith, according to court filings and sources connected to ESPN.

According to a disclosure from federal prosecutors in a federal criminal case involving corruption in college basketball, former Wolfpack assistant 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 Smith's trainer to ensure he signed with the Wolfpack in 2015.

Gottfried was fired late in the 2017 season, effective at the end of that season, and is now the head coach at Cal State Northridge.

Click here to read the full report from ESPN.com.

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