North Carolina

McAdoo lawsuit against UNC, NCAA dismissed

Posted November 14, 2011

Former University of North Carolina football player Michael McAdoo's lawsuit against the university and the NCAA ended Monday as Judge Orlando Hudson dismissed the case.

In July, McAdoo sued the university and the NCAA to regain his right to play football after being ruled ineligible for the remainder of his college career last November. 

McAdoo sought an injunction to allow him to play for the 2011 season while his case went to court but had his request for an injunction denied July 14.

The defensive end signed as a free-agent with the Baltimore Ravens after going undrafted in the NFL's supplemental draft on Aug. 17. Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson ruled that, because he was now playing professionally, McAdoo had reached his ultimate goal, and the case was no longer relevant.

Lawyer Noah Huffstetler argued that, if McAdoo had been allowed to play in his senior season, he would have improved his draft status, would would have led to him being drafted and signing a more lucrative contract.

McAdoo, now on the injured reserve for the Ravens, signed for the league minimum $270,000 this season.

Huffstetler says it's unclear whether McAdoo will appeal, but the decision is up to his client.

McAdoo was one of seven players forced to sit out all of last 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 Honor Court decided to suspend him from school for the 2011 spring semester but allowed him to re-enroll in the summer and return to the football team this fall.

The NCAA's ruling was based on the facts of the case that extended beyond the Honor Court.


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  • randall0123a Nov 15, 2:30 p.m.

    only (!!ONLY!!) $270,000, huh? wow, life must be rough!!!

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Nov 15, 11:17 a.m.

    just goes to show that lying and cheatin' is still lying and cheatin'.

    .. and it cost you.

    — Posted by bombayrunner

    CJ Leslie agrees!

    — Posted by Jewelry-EricLeak

    Only for one more game. Heh heh!

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Nov 15, 11:16 a.m.

    This dude just won't go away. And they're considering an appeal.

    Three words, McAdoo: LET. IT. GO.

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Nov 15, 10:30 a.m.

    Ahhhh...the Flagship. Maybe we should re-name the football stadium, "Queen Ann's Revenge"?

  • beckerunc Nov 15, 7:58 a.m.

    Amazing the Wusspackers think they are above the fray. With Hall of Fame cheaters in Case, Sloan, and Valvano, you would think they would keep quiet. Perhaps they need tutors to help understand the concept of hypocrisy. Even now with the NCAA in the door, and a basketball coach who likes the young co-eds, you would think they would keep quiet.

  • 4tarheels Nov 15, 5:47 a.m.

    This should free up his lawyers for CJ Leslie and State.

    — Posted by 4tarheels

    Are you the bundler from the geico commercial? CJ and State are 10 rungs up the ladder from... View More

    — Posted by shakennotstirred

    There is a crack in your glass house. UH-OH...

  • Jewelry-EricLeak Nov 14, 9:25 p.m.

    UNC-CH's athletics has become the ACC's black eye.

    Can you say --> DEATH... View More

    — Posted by Alex25

    So I guess Georgia Tech's loss of an ACC Championship and the hundred's of thousands of dollars tossed around at Miami don't count? The national media was focused on Ohio State, now, sadly the scandal Penn State trumps any other school's issues.

  • ncfam Nov 14, 9:15 p.m.

    UNC-CH's athletics has become the ACC's black eye.

    Can you say --> DEATH... View More

    — Posted by Alex25

    Alex 25...your statement is inaccurate. First of all you implied that all of UNC's athletics are involved in the football investigation. Secondly, if you want to look at "ACC black eyes", include GA Tech, and NC State. Thirdly, it was a select few athletes or personnel that gave the universities and the ACC a black eye. Mary Easley and numerous of her associates, including her husband, gave State a black eye, not the University as a whole. Unfortunately, when a few people decide to do what they want to do regardless of the rules and regulations, everyone suffers. BUT, for you to include the universities as a whole of misconduct is totally incorrect. McAdoo and those involved with his plagerism painted a scarlet letter on UNC just as Mary Easley did to State. Get your perspectives correct.
    Viet Nam era Veteran (retired) and an undergraduate of UNC

  • tarprint1 Nov 14, 8:53 p.m.

    UNC-CH's athletics has become the ACC's black eye.

    Can you say --> DEATH... View More

    — Posted by Alex25

    You may want to remember those very words. The investigation is coming to your house soon.

  • tarprint1 Nov 14, 8:49 p.m.

    Glad the case was dismissed. He is where he should be, "minimum" wage in the NFL... View More

    — Posted by Deb1003

    You may want to give this same advice to Leslie and the yet to be named former player !




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