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McAdoo ruled eligible for NFL supplemental draft

Posted August 12, 2011

UNC's Michael McAdoo celebrates after a play against Georgia Tech in Chapel Hill.

— 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.

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  • dfdsharkman Aug 15, 8:23 a.m.

    UNC-CH is a diploma mill........and the value of said diploma, well, not much...

    — Posted by Alex25

    It's worth 20 extra points on my promotion test. Let's see...... $15,000 more a year for the next 20 year's, you do the math!!

  • 903 national champions Aug 14, 5:21 p.m.

    I'm not saying Greg Little is a saint, but anyone who has lived off campus in Chapel Hill knows... View More

    so do all unc students that live off-campus have similar parking histories as greg little and his other teammates?

  • genesmith2 Aug 14, 11:50 a.m.

    he was cleveland Browns second round pick.

    — Posted by Rdi73162

    Thanks RDI

    — Posted by dukefan245

    I'm baffled by that, but maybe he can now purchase enough vehicles to go with all of the license... View More

    — Posted by NCSU79

    Pretty sure thats not a problem for him now.

    — Posted by Rdi73162

    Greg Little is from Durham. Over the 4 year period, he owned two different cars, drove both of his parents cars on occasion, and drove his sister's car on occasion. If you are a student and live off campus, there are NO parking places that you can legally park on campus. Sometimes it might be worth a 10 dollar ticket to make a class, especially if a test or final is being given, or if your coach is going to make you run steps if you miss the class.
    I'm not saying Greg Little is a saint, but anyone who has lived off campus in Chapel Hill knows the ridiculous nature of parking on campus.
    Contrast this with Pryor at OSU. In three years, this poor kid, who sold memorabilia to help his destitute mother, purchased 3 different cars from a "preferred" dealorship in Columbus, his poor mom purchased two from the same dealership, and Pryor was loaned cars (his was being repaired at the same dealer) for the week-ends often enough that of the three speeding tickets he received in the past 3 years, all were in loaner cars. None of this raised to the level of a violation according to OSU and the NCAA.

  • genesmith2 Aug 14, 11:38 a.m.

    Maybe it comes from the disgusting brand of talk radio today, or win with any lies politics, but the level of animus in forums like this is frightening. I've always thought highly of all of the North Carolina schools, just that UNC fitted my personality better as a student (BA-Chemistry). I have no problem "hating" Dook, but I pull for them against anyone but Carolina. I think Coach K is exceptional. I love David Thompson and Tim Duncan; I just wish they had chosen UNC.
    McAdoo did NOT disgrace UNC. He disgraced himself, and paid a hefty penalty. No way should he have been banned for life for the crimes proven against him. Cheating on one paper, for which he was given an "F" and expelled from school for a semester, and sharing a room with a teammate whom he thought paid for the room (value $110). The cheating is serious, and was dealt with seriously by the honor court with the same punishment that would have been given any student. The hotel room is really insignificant, when you see violations totaling many thousands of dollars by Pryor at OSU, and he only got a 5 game suspension the next year!

  • Rdi73162 Aug 13, 4:15 p.m.

    What happened to Greg Little?? Did he go pro? Whats going on with him?

    — Posted by dukefan245

    he was cleveland Browns second round pick.

    — Posted by Rdi73162

    Thanks RDI

    — Posted by dukefan245

    I'm baffled by that, but maybe he can now purchase enough vehicles to go with all of the license... View More

    — Posted by NCSU79

    Pretty sure thats not a problem for him now.

  • NCSU79 Aug 13, 3:11 p.m.

    What happened to Greg Little?? Did he go pro? Whats going on with him?

    — Posted by dukefan245

    he was cleveland Browns second round pick.

    — Posted by Rdi73162

    Thanks RDI

    — Posted by dukefan245

    I'm baffled by that, but maybe he can now purchase enough vehicles to go with all of the license plates in his possession.

  • NCSU79 Aug 13, 3:10 p.m.

    I don't know, but do you think he'll make tackles with metronome regularity?

  • FAN72 Aug 13, 2:35 p.m.

    I wish Mr. McAdoo much success. I wonder what team he will arrove at?

  • runumstead Aug 13, 1:05 p.m.

    Still waiting on those 216 phone logs! What is Butch doing in his spare time? I'm sure he hired Jenn to file the unemployment papers.

  • dukefan245 Aug 13, 11:21 a.m.

    What happened to Greg Little?? Did he go pro? Whats going on with him?

    — Posted by dukefan245

    he was cleveland Browns second round pick.

    — Posted by Rdi73162

    Thanks RDI

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