McAdoo Files Suit Against UNC, NCAA

Inside Carolina
Posted Jul 5, 2011

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- According to court filings provided to Inside Carolina by Michael McAdoo's lawyer, Noah Huffstetler III, the senior defensive end has filed a lawsuit against Chancellor Holden Thorp, UNC and the NCAA in seeking reinstatement for the 2011 season and for compensatory relief for damages.

The injunction filing was submitted to Superior Court in Durham County on Friday, July 1. The hearing is scheduled for Friday, July 15 before Judge Orlando Hudson at the Durham County Courthouse.

The lawsuit states that McAdoo was "improperly and unjustly declared permanently ineligible" last fall.

“All told, McAdoo has been declared permanently ineligible to play intercollegiate athletics because he received $110 in improper benefits (which he has since paid to charity), and because his university-assigned and trained tutor provided McAdoo with too much assistance in formatting his citations and ‘works cited’ page on his paper for one class in the summer of 2009. This punishment is grossly disproportionate to the facts of McAdoo’s case, and is inconsistent with the NCAA’s own guidelines and the punishments meted out by the NCAA in other cases with similar facts.”

The filing takes further aim at the NCAA by stating that the organization, “having ignored McAdoo’s efforts to correct its erroneous decision and this matter informally, now brings this action for declaratory relief, compensatory and punitive damages, and injunctive relief that would allow him to play football at UNC for his senior season.”

McAdoo, a native of Antioch, Tenn, sat out the 2010 season as a result of the investigation. He recorded 29 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks as a productive pass rush specialist in his first two seasons at UNC. He earned defensive MVP honors in the 2010 Spring Game.

For more info on the case, read: McAdoo Timeline

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