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By The Associated Press | Updated - Apr. 4, 2020 at 6:05 a.m. | Posted - Apr. 4, 2020 at 1:30 a.m.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State’s NCAA case involving recruiting violations tied to former Wolfpack one-and-done star Dennis Smith Jr. has been recommended to go through an independent investigation process created for complex cases. Athletics spokesman Fred Demarest said in a statement Friday that the school must respond by April 14 to the recommendation. The NCAA created the Independent Accountability Resolution Process last year. It includes independent investigators and decision-makers with no direct ties to member schools. Rulings in this process cannot be appealed. A spokeswoman for the independent process says recommended cases can be accepted or denied.

UNDATED (AP) — Athletic directors across the U.S. are bracing for a potential financial crisis related to the coronavirus pandemic. A survey was conducted by an association of ADs from 130 major college football schools. It found 63% forecast a worst-case scenario in which revenue for their departments falls by at least 20% during the next school year. Even an abbreviated football season could cause schools to lose that much.

UNDATED (AP) — A survey of more than 100 athletic directors across the country finds deep concern for academics and athletic department finances amid the pandemic. Some 75 percent say they are concerned about a drop in donations and nearly as many are worried about ticket sales and money that comes from games and other fan events.

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