Summer 2008 -- McAdoo enrolls as a full-time student at North Carolina to play football. The school’s Deparment of Arts and Sciences assigns then-student Jennifer Wiley to work with McAdoo as his academic tutor and mentor. Wiley is McAdoo’s tutor for every class in the fall of ’08 and they work together every weeknight in study hall – a mandatory requirement for McAdoo.
Fall 2008 -- Wiley assists McAdoo with a paper he was writing for AFRI 266. Among other editorial comments and suggestions, Wiley helps McAdoo with in-text citations and a “Works Cited” page for the paper.
Summer 2009 -- Wiley assists McAdoo in separate papers for AFAM 428 and SWAH 403 during summer school classes. According to the lawsuit, Wiley had graduated from UNC by the second summer session in ’09, but agreed to continue to work with McAdoo during the second summer session. McAdoo claims that he was unaware that Wiley was no longer a student and therefore had no reason to believe that her assistance was improper during that summer.
July 15, 2009 -- McAdoo emails Wiley his SWAH 403 paper on the night of July 15 and roughly two hours later, Wiley responds. While she makes no changes to the book reference on his works cited list, Wiley does re-format the citations for the websites listed into APA format. The NCAA deems this to be one hour of improper benefits valued at $11.
April 2010 -- McAdoo joins Marvin Austin and Greg Little on a trip to the Washington, D.C. area. Austin tells McAdoo that he is paying for the trip expenses, including hotel and meal costs. The hotel room rate is $89 for two nights. McAdoo is also comped a $10 cover charge at a night club during the trip. The lawsuit states that McAdoo was unaware at the time that those travel costs were paid for by an individual tabbed by the NCAA as a prospective agent.
Sept. 3, 2010 -- UNC announces that McAdoo is ineligible to play in the season opener against LSU on Sept. 4 due to violations of NCAA Bylaw 22.214.171.124 (benefits from prospective agents) and NCAA Bylaws 16.02.3 and 16.11.12 (extra benefits, from his tutoring assistance from Wiley). UNC directs McAdoo to make a charitable donation equaling his extra benefits -- $99 from the D.C. trip and $11 from Wiley – and the senior has since made that donation.
Sept. 28, 2010 – UNC petitions the NCAA to reinstate McAdoo’s eligibility, citing procedures set forth in the NCAA Bylaws and recognizing the NCAA’s reinstatement guidelines that identify recommended punishments for receiving $110 in improper benefits to be a loss of at least 10 percent of a season or two football games. UNC also reports that McAdoo violated NCAA Bylaw 10.1- (b) (knowing involvement in academic misconduct) in three courses over three academic semesters.
Oct. 14, 2010 – The UNC Honor Court unanimously finds McAdoo not guilty with respect to his AFRI 266 course. The UNC Student Attorney General declines to bring formal charges against McAdoo for his AFAM 428 paper due to insufficient evidence. The Honor Court does find McAdoo guilty of representing another’s work as his own with respect to his SWAH 403 paper. McAdoo is placed on probation for the fall 2010 semester and is suspended for the spring of 2011. The Honor Court rules that McAdoo can re-enroll in the summer of 2011 and play football in the fall.
Nov. 12, 2010 - NCAA denies UNC request for reinstatement for receiving "impermissible assistance on multiple assignments across several academic terms," making him permanently ineligible for NCAA competition. McAdoo's lawsuit claims this claim of "several academic terms" is inconsistent with the rulings of the UNC Honor Court and Student Attorney General, which found him not guilty with regard to the first two courses.
Dec. 2010 - UNC appeals declaration of permanent ineligibility via telephone. McAdoo's lawsuit claims the NCAA moved forward with the appeal at this point despite its written procedure stating otherwise with regards to when facts are in dispute.
Jan 27, 2011 - NCAA denies UNC's appeal regarding McAdoo's permanent ineligibility.
Mar. 2011 - McAdoo engages legal counsel, having been without legal counsel up until this point.
June 3, 2011 - McAdoo's counsel sends detailed information to the NCAA, requesting his eligibility be restored. As of July 1, 2011, no response had been received from the NCAA and subsequent phone calls had not been returned.
June 21, 2011 - UNC announces receipt of NCAA's Notice of Allegations, including the previous claims about McAdoo that produced the permanent ineligibility verdict.
July 1, 2011 - Lawsuit is filed by McAdoo's attorney in Durham County Superior Court "for a writ of mandamus and preliminary and permanent injunctive relief from the prohibition on his eligibility to play intercollegiate athletics, and for the compensatory relief for damages."
July 15, 2011 - Hearing to be held at Durham County Courthouse before Judge Orlando Hudson.