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Court of Appeals ends case by former football player against UNC

Posted January 15, 2013

— The North Carolina Court of Appeals on Monday ruled that Michael McAdoo had no standing to sue the University of North Carolina and the NCAA over his dismissal in 2010 from the Tar Heel football team.

McAdoo's lawyers argued that, by ruling him ineligible to play, the university and NCAA had caused his drop in the NFL draft and cost him money.

McAdoo originally filed suit against the university in July 2011 after he was ruled ineligible by the NCAA for the 2010 season. A judge dismissed his suit, noting that by signing an NFL contract with the Baltimore Ravens, McAdoo attained his goal of a professional career and made his college career moot.

McAdoo’s lawyer, Noah Huffstetler, filed to re-instate the suit in September, offering additional evidence, some from UNC's internal investigation of the football program.

Huffstetler argued that North Carolina officials skipped an important step in due process when they reported to the NCAA that McAdoo had committed academic fraud. Based on that argument, McAdoo’s lawyer said his client should not have been ruled ineligible for the 2011 season, a season Huffstetler contended would have been important for his professional prospects.

The university argued throughout the case that McAdoo's professional status – he signed a rookie contract with the Baltimore Ravens before the 2011 season and remains on the team roster, although on injured reserve – negates any claim that his prospects were limited.

McAdoo was one of seven players forced to sit out the 2010 season while the NCAA investigated the Tar Heel football program. The NCAA ruled McAdoo ineligible for receiving improper assistance from tutor Jennifer Wiley on multiple assignments across several academic terms.

The university began an internal investigation of the AFAM department after McAdoo's lawyers included an assignment in court filings. The paper, written for class taught by then-department head Julius Nyang’oro, was revealed to be largely reproduced from other sources.

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  • jbboone Jan 15, 5:44 p.m.

    What I do not understand is UNC only gets 1 year probation for a problem that the Martin Commission says goes back to 1997. This academic department was set up to help football and yes basketball players remain in UNC uniforms. Where is the NCAA?

  • TsKaMF Jan 15, 3:55 p.m.

    It is all about the "ewe". The farce that IS the "ewe".

  • Uhavenoclu Jan 15, 2:24 p.m.

    That's ok in 3 weeks you can shove that ring in their faces..........RAVENS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 4tarheels Jan 15, 2:23 p.m.

    Talk about throwing someone under the bus.

    — Posted by 903 mens national championships

    And just how was he thrown under the bus? He cheated and got caught. Some of those who were... View More

    — Posted by trueblue0100

    He cheated in a system designed to keep unqualified athletes eligible. He just did what the... View More

    — Posted by 903 mens national championships

    Right...And Coach K paid Lance Thomas' debts so that story would go away. Move along, nothing to see anywhere.

  • 903 mens national championships Jan 15, 2:06 p.m.

    Talk about throwing someone under the bus.

    — Posted by 903 mens national championships

    And just how was he thrown under the bus? He cheated and got caught. Some of those who were... View More

    — Posted by trueblue0100

    He cheated in a system designed to keep unqualified athletes eligible. He just did what the school assumed he was going to do because the system was arranged to keep his grades above the bare minimum so he could play football.

  • Native NC gal Jan 15, 2:02 p.m.

    that poor kid. The racism at UNC is awful.

    — Posted by kmor2013

    This wasn't about racism. McAdoo plagerized at least one paper that we know of. How many more... View More

    — Posted by trueblue0100

    Sooooooooooo tired of hearing about racism.

  • trueblue0100 Jan 15, 1:55 p.m.

    that poor kid. The racism at UNC is awful.

    — Posted by kmor2013

    This wasn't about racism. McAdoo plagerized at least one paper that we know of. How many more were there? I'm a UNC supporter, but the line has to be drawn somewhere.

  • trueblue0100 Jan 15, 1:52 p.m.

    Talk about throwing someone under the bus.

    — Posted by 903 mens national championships

    And just how was he thrown under the bus? He cheated and got caught. Some of those who were penalized did not deserve what happened to them, but McAdoo's punishment was justified.

    And again, it would really help if some of you relied more on fact and stopped making these ignorant statements.

  • 903 mens national championships Jan 15, 12:53 p.m.

    Talk about throwing someone under the bus.

  • kornfan2448 Jan 15, 12:43 p.m.

    He made a mistake, got caught and was penalized. He still has the opportunity to have a successful NFL career, that should be his focus.

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