McAdoo ruled eligible for NFL supplemental draft
Posted August 12, 2011
Chapel Hill, N.C. — Former University of North Carolina defensive end Michael McAdoo has been ruled eligible for the NFL supplemental draft to be held on Aug. 17.
According to McAdoo’s attorney, Noah Huffstetler, McAdoo filed his paperwork before Thursday’s 5 p.m. deadline and was ruled eligible for the supplemental draft.
The 6-foot-7, 245-pound lineman amassed 29 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in two years at UNC while never starting a game. He was frequently rotated in on the defensive front with current NFL lineman Robert Quinn in those two years, giving potential scouts a good base of film from which to review his play. McAdoo was also named the MVP of the Tar Heels’ 2011 spring game after racking up four sacks and intercepting a pass.
McAdoo was one of seven players forced to sit out all of the 2010 season while the NCAA investigated the Tar Heel football program. After academic fraud was found as a part of that investigation, the NCAA ruled that McAdoo would once again be ineligible for the 2011 season.
McAdoo is suing UNC and the NCAA seeking damages – a lawsuit that will continue despite his entering the draft. In the suit, he argues that he has been deprived of the opportunity to succeed and that the NCAA violated its own procedures in ruling him ineligible. He further alleges that the NCAA's decision was based on information that was factually wrong and never gave him a fair chance.
On July 14, Mcadoo was denied an injunction by Durham County Circuit Judge Orlando Hudson that would have allowed him to play out his senior season.
“This doesn’t mean the lawsuit goes away,” said Huffstetler. “That injunction was to try and get him on the field. The lawsuit is seeking damages.”
The student Honor Court, which has since had its policies and procedures come under review, was presented with three cases involving McAdoo from the 2009 academic year. It found no wrongdoing in one case, was unable to rule in a second and found McAdoo guilty of presenting another person’s work – his tutor’s – as his own when submitting a works cited page.
After McAdoo filed the lawsuit, multiple media outlets were able to confirm that a paper submitted by McAdoo pulled liberally from other sources – something that the Honor Court had overlooked. The NCAA did not include that specific infraction in their Notice of Allegations to the university, but did use it as a cornerstone of their argument that led to the denied injunction.
“Mr. McAdoo committed academic fraud. He is a cheater. That is what happened here,” said Raleigh-based attorney Paul Sun at the injunction hearing while representing the NCAA. "The NCAA takes academic fraud very seriously. The university’s facts presented to NCAA show academic fraud. Presumption is (that) there should be ineligibility."
McAdoo, an Antioch, Tenn. native, is the fifth player to be ruled eligible for the supplemental draft joining former Georgia running back Caleb King, former Northern Illinois safety Tracy Wilson, former Western Carolina cornerback Torez Jones and former Lindenwood defensive end Keenan Mace.
The supplemental draft, which was first held in 1977, is generally populated by players that have either missed the filing deadline for the NFL Draft or NFL-eligible seniors who have had been ruled NCAA-ineligible. It has produced more than 40 NFL players including Bernie Kosar and Chris Carter. Duke quarterback Dave Brown was selected by the New York Giants in the 1992 supplemental draft after graduating with a year of eligibility remaining and failing to declare for the NFL Draft on time.
Eligible players are not guaranteed to be selected. Teams opting to draft an eligible player will forfeit a draft pick of their proposed round in the following year’s NFL Draft.
McAdoo’s stock is relatively unknown in the NFL ranks, but many scouts say his size and skill set are better than that of Jeremy Jarmon - the last defensive end selected in the supplemental draft. Jarmon, who was suspended in his senior year at Kentucky for testing positive for a banned substance, was picked up in 2009 by the Washington Redskins with a 3rd round selection.