Hearing moved up in former UNC player's lawsuit
Posted July 12, 2011
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.