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Hearing moved up in former UNC player's lawsuit

Posted July 12, 2011

— A hearing on the lawsuit filed by former University of North Carolina football player Michael McAdoo against the school and NCAA has been moved up. 

McAdoo was one of seven players forced to sit out all of last season amid while the NCAA investigated the Tar Heel football program. The lawsuit seeks to compel Chancellor Holden Thorp to reinstate McAdoo while also preventing the NCAA from interfering in the process.

A hearing on that request was scheduled for Friday but has been moved up to Wednesday, attorneys said. 

The defensive end is seeking unspecified damages from the school and the NCAA, which the lawsuit accuses of "gross negligence" in ruling him ineligible based on inaccurate information. McAdoo's attorneys filed the lawsuit July 1 in Durham County Superior Court, claiming he was "improperly and unjustly" declared permanently ineligible in November.

McAdoo's attorneys said they presented the NCAA with additional and explanatory information about McAdoo's case on June 3. In month thereafter, McAdoo's attorney Noah Huffstetler said the NCAA was "'totally unresponsive to new information'."

In the notice of allegations issued June 2 to North Carolina, McAdoo's attorneys note, the NCAA included some allegations related to McAdoo that were incorrect.

According to the complaint, the NCAA ruled McAdoo ineligible for receiving improper assistance from tutor Jennifer Wiley "on multiple assignments across several academic terms." But McAdoo's lawyers argue that the school's Honor Court found him guilty of only one infraction: Representing another's work as his own after Wiley had formatted in-text citations and the "works cited" page in a research paper. The school's Honor Court decided to suspend him from school for the spring semester, but allow him to re-enroll in the summer and then return to the football team this fall. It cleared him in a second case and the student attorney general decided there was insufficient evidence to pursue a third against him.

The NCAA also found McAdoo received $110 in improper benefits. Most of that was connected to a trip to the Washington, D.C., area with then-teammates Marvin Austin and Greg Little, prompting the school to hold him out for the first three games in 2010 before the NCAA ruled him permanently ineligible.

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  • bryan12 Jul 13, 1:39 p.m.

    I think there are a great deal of folks disgusted at this whole affare. The players that... View More

    — Posted by Honesty first

    Strictly looking at this from a educational standpoint that is not a harsh penalty. I don't care about the sports side of the story. I do care about the integrity of obtaining a degree from the University and the bearing a nationally covered scandal like this will have on it. To stand up for this student without researching and knowing what you are about to argue for puts a big stain on the University (and unfortunately every type of degree obtained from it). There are a number of people that should be held to higher standards in dealing with this case. Dick Baddour should be scrutinized for his comments and lose his job. The head of the department who taught this swahili class should be held accountable for his lack of involvement in the plagiarism issue. Holden Thorpe should also be held accountable for his lack of action.

    There is no reason the total extent of the plagiarism should not have been discovered at the beginning. Did the professor even read the paper in question after the initial accusation of plagiarism? I would hope he would have at least caught the discrepancies in the time/facts in the paper. One would think before Baddour went public claiming that they were McAdoos ideas, he would have read the paper in question. Is there any integrity for the University and its alumni who value their degree?

    McAdoo should have been permanently expelled. Thorpe and Baddour should also go down for this black cloud put on UNC

  • Honesty first Jul 13, 10:25 a.m.

    I think there are a great deal of folks disgusted at this whole affare. The players that screwed up, the NCAA who took forever to make a decision, The NCAA for not following their own policy, the NCAA for handing out punishments that are not equal to the offense, (Darius vs. McAdoo). And all the ABC fans who are stating things as facts that are not true. One day, all the ABCers will hear this same music pointed at them and I hope that the UNC fans do not act in a similar fashion. Get a life poeple and move on.

    McAdoo received an F on the paper in question for it not being his work. Do you now want to make that 2 F's? He was on probation at UNC in the fall of 2010 and suspended from school for spring of 2011. That is a harsh penalty.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Jul 13, 10:04 a.m.

    My nephew's roomate at UNC was a walk on football player. I don't remember him playing more... View More

    — Posted by FAN72

    Congratulations to him. No one has a problem with those players, jmwbrd. I think that goes without saying. When we refer to the cheaters, it's not the entire team. It's the players that are trying to get paid. And if Carolina is doing something dirty to bring in top recruits, the kid you discussed is not one of those recruits.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Jul 13, 10:02 a.m.

    This case is technically McAdoo vs. UNC/NCAA. But is it just me, or does this feel more like McAdoo/UNC vs. NCAA? From what I understand, they only named Carolina as a defendant because historically, lawsuits have been dismissed where the NCAA was the only named defendant. So I feel like Carolina is more of a plaintiff than a defendant. They stand to gain a player back. But what do they stand to lose? Unspecified damages. It could be that McAdoo is seeking damages of one penny, plus reinstatement. In which case, Carolina really has nothing to lose here.

    Just wondering if anyone else thinks the same. It's almost as if Carolina gets a free pass on this lawsuit because they are techincally a defendant. So people can't say they were uncooperative due to having sued the NCAA. After all, McAdoo did this, not our beloved Carolina.

    I have not much doubt in my mind that they conspired to do this together in a team effort.

    I've seen it suggested that Carolina may be doing this to pay McAdoo some hush money. They can't pay him hush money, but they can lose a lawsuit. It will be interesting to see how this goes.

  • FAN72 Jul 13, 10:01 a.m.

    My nephew's roomate at UNC was a walk on football player. I don't remember him playing more than a few downs in the 4 years he was on the team. However, as of today, he has completed Medical School and is ready to start his Residency. There are Honor student/athletes at UNC, they just don't get to play as often.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Jul 13, 9:16 a.m.

    McAdoo lied, eligibility died.

    — Posted by southraleigh

    When he gets reinstated, it will be Pack Pride that cried.

    — Posted by Krzyzewskiectomy

    Not a soul I know cares if he gets reinstated or not.

    I know it's hard for you to understand this, being a Carolina fan and all, but we're talking about what SHOULD happen for the sake of integrity. It's not what we WANT to happen. This is about a kid who cheated BLATANTLY (and probably often) and received illegal gifts, and yet is arrogant enough to try to FORCE his way back onto the team. Although, I suspect this is a concerted effort between him and the university, behind closed doors. Carolina stands to gain from this just as much as McAdoo does. They get a player back on the team if "he" wins.

    Trust me, no one is the slightest bit concerned about a McAdoo-led Carolina team coming to Raleigh this year to play. LOL

    It's just another stain on Carolina's reputation if and when another confirmed cheater is allowed back into school, much less onto the football team. But as we've already learned, THIS is the Carolina Way.

    This scandal is truly the gift that keeps on giving!

  • bryan12 Jul 13, 9:07 a.m.

    Some of these comments on this forum are ridiculous. I can not believe UNC fans are not disgusted by this. Holding a degree from any major university is something to be proud of and when news likes this is spread across the nation in regards to academics it does play a role in how your degree will be viewed. I am trying to be as unbiased as possible about this with ties to two schools in the triangle. Personally the house should be cleaned (coach, AD, and chancellor). I would want this at any school i had a degree from with the way this has been handled. Before UNC went out and argued for the reinstatement of McAdoo they should have thoroughly researched this paper in question being as this was already a high profile case with the University. Badour making those comments just shows how much lack of knowledge he or anyone had about what they were arguing. And now it is coming out that the head of the department was the professor for this class of McAdoo's. I would not expect him to be grading papers but this just looks awful for the University. Who really cares about sports at this point?

  • sckinton60 Jul 13, 8:42 a.m.

    So now a degree from UNC is worth about the same as a GED. May want to include lie-detector tests for all applicants from Chapel Hill if considering hiring any of them!

  • scott1b Jul 13, 8:17 a.m.

    I don't know when they started, but it has been over 20 years since they stopped.

    — Posted by Krzyzewskiectomy

    If Carolina had been forced to recruit and play by the rules like everyone else 20 years ago,... View More

    — Posted by MO_DUKE IS BANNED

    AMEN UNC and Dean Smith learned a long time ago that the best way to recruit an athlete was to... View More

    — Posted by scott1b

    Any other lies you clown college guys want to toss out, or are you done being !diots for the day?

    — Posted by Krzyzewskiectomy

    A 5th grader could be an academic all-american if you make it easy enough. Lawrence Taylor was high his entire time there and managed to stay in school, read his book about it.

  • Time for the Truth Jul 13, 7:53 a.m.

    UNC must own stock in M&M's,because they pass out degrees to their students like giving M&M's to kids. Go to NCSU and get an EDUCATION or go to UNC and get a piece of paper-take your pick-but criminals don't care how they get it (ala UNC athletes)!Watch the UNC Judge today the Courts of North Carolina are on trial today also-cheat and lie and get away with it or pay the price.

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