Jeff Gravley

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. 

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  • one Jul 17, 7:42 p.m.

    On the one hand there is the general silence from WRAL on the worst scandal ever in the ACC.

    On the other hand, WRAL runs puff pieces on how bad your "journalists" feel for Marvin & pieces on how UNCs athletic excellence keeps their image intact (never mind the connection between their cheating & on the field/court results)

    The nexus must be the myriad of ads that unc runs on your site.

    Don't want to bite the hand that feeds you

    Don't want to be real journalists

    Don't want to miss that interview or those court side seats in Chapel Hill

  • michael12 Jul 17, 2:19 p.m.

    What ho, Jeff - no comments on the injunction getting laughed out of court? No comments on getting scooped on the McAdoo plagiarism by a message board? Feel like you've done your job when you read the front pags of the N&O this morning?

    But I guess you have been doing your job - as an agitprop for the scandal-ridden Tar Heel program. While other media sources expose the wheels calling off in Chapel Hill you run blogs from Erin Summers about her sympathy for Marvin Austin and stories from Aaron Schoonmaker talking about UNC's great athletic "image".

    Personally, I think you'd save a ton of money if you bought your UNC cheerleader outfits in bulk.

  • one Jul 12, 11:19 p.m.

    Jeff - are you there?

    Or should we all wait for the puff pieces on how the big bad NCAA has it out for unc? They are only doing what everyone else does.

    Not a word from WRAL or the N&O on the plagiarism.

    WRAL should change it's call letters to PRAVDA

    what a joke

  • NCSU84 Jul 12, 3:40 p.m.

    Yeah, it is rare that local media scooped anyone in this investigation. Seems the local media would have the edge to get to the bottom of things, but appearently, they like to tip toe around the issures so not to hurt anyone feelings. Cause that may make it harder to get interviews later when this thing is over.

  • one Jul 8, 8:08 p.m.

    Jeff,

    It looks like Sports Illustrated has scooped the story.

    Please don't go on any local radio shows again and state the national media is just running with what local media has been reporting all along.

    Saying that is almost as bad as McAdoo's plagiarism.

  • Objective Scientist Jul 8, 5:52 p.m.

    Hmmm... McAdoo can hope to have the NCAA lift his "permanent inelibility", but that could happen and UNC could decide he will not be allowed to return to the team, or if he were allowed to become a team member again... he may not actually play. Which "begs a question"... why would you allow a player who sued you to return to the team... much less play in a game(s)???

    IMO... McAdoo may not - MAY not deserve what he got from the NCAA, but he is still culpable in this matter and deserves punishment.

  • one Jul 8, 11:52 a.m.

    Come on jeff, do a little more digging if your bosses let you.

    The paper that the case is based on, that unc-ch is laying to waste their academic integrity on, that a former nc supreme court justice is losing his reputation over has been show to be plagiarized.

    Not only that, but a 400 level language class that an abundance of football and basketball players have taken is being exposed as a sham.

    Can we get some investigative journalism and not just regirgitation from the university's fine PR machine?

  • Gunnstigator Jul 8, 6:51 a.m.

    The "impermissible benefits" McAdoo is accused of taking are laughable. I'm more concerned with the academic side of the issue. The NCAA has been so inconsistent with their decisions, bringing the hammer down at times, then letting others off the hook, or delaying punishment to allow players to participate in a bowl game. I don't see the NCAA reversing its decision on McAdoo.

  • cdcd48 Jul 8, 1:24 a.m.

    For those that don't believe that McAdoo (and UNC) has committed academic fraud:

    http://www.sportsbybrooks.com/unc-ad-defends-players-stolen-work-to-ncaa-29775

    This kind of plagiarism/cheating typically leads to expulsion at UNC for students, who arent athletes.

  • jmoore27540 Jul 7, 4:43 p.m.

    He's toast. Plagarism............................ 'nuff said.

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