So why is UNC being sued by a player who hopes to rejoin the Tar Heels?
Posted July 6, 2011
Former UNC football player Michael McAdoo is suing the NCAA and UNC with hopes of playing one more year of college football. The lawsuit was filed in Durham County on July 1.
So why is UNC included in the lawsuit?
"In some recent cases, the NCAA has moved to dismiss the case if the member institution was not sued as well, " Raleigh attorney Noah Huffstetler explained to WRAL.
McAdoo was ruled permanently ineligible and he was not able to play a down of football last season. "There were factual assumptions that turned out to be wrong," Huffstetler said.
On June 3, he contacted the NCAA to present those factual errors. Phone calls, e-mails and written letters have not been responded to. Eighteen days after Huffstetler presented the information, the NCAA gave UNC their Notice of Allegations which included some of the factual errors.
Still no response from the NCAA to McAdoo's attorney.
The lawsuit shows that McAdoo was guilty of one academic tutor related incident, not three as suggested by UNC before the University Honor Court had met. He was also accused of accepting impermissible gifts from financial advisor, Todd Stewart. The amount was $89 for a hotel room that teammate Marvin Austin claimed he was paying for. McAdoo also got into a nightclub free (a $10 value) which he also though Austin was paying for.
For one hundred dollars and academic help McAdoo thought was acceptable, he is ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA. That's the question his attorneys want an answer to and they hope a hearing in Durham on July 15 will set the tone to find some answers.
So maybe suing UNC will lead to another chance for Michael McAdoo to play football for the Tar Heels. That's an odd bounce.