Former Tar Heel McAdoo Asks N.C. Supreme Court to Take Up NCAA Suit

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Former Tar Heel McAdoo Asks N.C. Supreme Court to Take Up NCAA Suit
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Former UNC-Chapel Hill football player Michael McAdoo is asking the state's highest court to take up his claim that the NCAA improperly banned him from the team in 2010. McAdoo's attorney, Noah Huffstetler, filed papers this week to petition the N.C. Supreme Court to order the case be reinstated for a trial. McAdoo, who now plays for the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL, contends the NCAA and UNC-CH did not follow proper procedures in kicking him off the team for receiving improper help from a tutor. The NCAA, for example, found McAdoo had received improper help in three classes, but the school's honor court found it only happened in one. The honor court's ruling cost McAdoo his junior year on the team, a penalty he accepted, but he would have been allowed to come back for his senior season. He contends missing out on that season hurt his market value in going pro. He ended up signing with the Ravens as a free agent for the league minimum. Last month, a three-judge panel with the N.C. Court of Appeals sided with a Superior Court judge's dismissal of McAdoo's case, finding he didn't have a claim because he achieved his goal of making the NFL and UNC-CH had not relinquished his scholarship. McAdoo does not have an automatic right to an appeal because the appellate court's decision was unanimous. It is a case that could shine more light on the long-running academic fraud scandal at UNC-CH. All three of McAdoo's classes in the NCAA investigation were among the more than 200 that have been found to be lecture classes that never met, in which a paper was assigned and given a good grade with little evidence it was actually read by a professor. There is nothing in the court record to show the NCAA or UNC-CH's honor court were aware of the bogus classes, in which athletes were enrolled in significant numbers. UNC-CH academic officials say they did not become aware of the bogus classes until after the NCAA had finished its investigation into improper financial benefits to football players from agents and improper help from the tutor and had sent a notice of allegations to the school. Huffstetler's court papers make note of the academic fraud scandal in contending that the court should take up McAdoo's case.

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