NC State details Wilmington sports agent as part of federal investigation

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Dennis Smith Jr. prepares to dunk the basketball on November 6, 2016. (Photo WTVD)

RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — Gary Shipman, a candidate for NC House, confirms to WWAY that he is the agent who notified NC State about his beliefs of improper benefits regarding Dennis Smith Jr.

Shipman tells us after he saw the details regarding the recruits signing to the University of Louisville improperly, he had reason to believe Smith Jr., or his family, also received benefits.

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He felt it as his obligation as an agent to inform the university of his beliefs so they can investigate before law enforcement became involved.

Shipman adds he did not have any direct knowledge of any NCAA violations regarding Smith Jr and did not witness anything personally, but, based on information he had learned from others close to the U of L investigation found the need to tell the university.

NC State University released an update and timeline on the Federal Investigation into its basketball program on Tuesday.



The timeline was part of an issued statement from NC State chancellor Randy Woodson, and dates back to September of last year until mid-March of this year and details the discussions the athletics department had with a Wilmington sports agent.

These are some of the details from the timeline:

“On October 19, 2017, NC State’s General Counsel spoke with a Wilmington registered sports agent who stated he believed Dennis Smith, Jr. attended NC State due to influence by Adidas through Dennis Smith, Sr. The agent did not provide specifics about any other individuals involved. General Counsel informed the agent she would both report the information and further investigate. General Counsel directed Athletics Compliance staff to conduct an in-person interview with the sports agent.

On October 25, 2017, Athletics Compliance staff conducted a face-to-face interview with the agent. The agent stated having no direct knowledge of any payments and declined to share names of anyone who might be involved. He also stated that no NC State employees were involved, and had no information that Dennis Smith Jr. was involved.

On October 30, 2017, Athletics Compliance sent the agent a letter via certified mail outlining details of the interview for confirmation, providing the agent time to review and provide any corrections. The agent did not respond with any corrections.

After providing the agent time to respond, General Counsel called the FBI providing them information from the agent’s report in case it was germane to the federal investigation.”

Chancellor Woodson praised athletic Director Debbie Yow for the culture she has established at NC State and says the school “will continue playing by the rules, winning the right way and succeeding with Wolfpack character.”