Sep 13, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — The state Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Thursday on whether it should let former University of North Carolina football player Michael McAdoo reinstate his lawsuit against the university, its chancellor and the NCAA.
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, argued that the loss of his senior season cost McAdoo a higher draft status and a more lucrative NFL contract.
WRALSportsFan.com will carry McAdoo's hearing live online beginning at 9:30 a.m.
In their latest filing on Sept. 7, McAdoo's lawyers offered five documents from UNC's own investigation as evidence that McAdoo did not "knowingly or willfully obtain improper assistance." The lawyers say the court didn't have all the information necessary before it dismissed his case.
"By UNC's own admission, there are were serious irregularities in the way in which the course in question was conducted," McAdoo's lawyers wrote.
They use the university's internal investigations into the AFAM department and a report on irregularities in the Academic Support Program for Student Athletes to demonstrate that UNC had doubts about the integrity of the class in which McAdoo allegedly cheated.
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.
"Let's all be honest, MOST D1 football and men's basketball players are not getting into their schools based on academics."- Posted by Spongebob
I'd love to see his high school transcripts and what grades he got into UNC with. With all of the students who are told they won't get in there without an average of 6 AP classes, a 2100 SAT score and 4.0+ GPA it would be interesting to see these scores of the athletes. Might have a few more who think they were treated unfairly by UNC.