Ruled permanently ineligible last November, former North Carolina defensive end Michael McAdoo has filed a lawsuit against the school and NCAA seeking his reinstatement.
McAdoo's ineligibility is tied to the academic-related allegations against the North Carolina football program. He was one of the 13 players who missed the season opener against LSU and remained on the sidelines awaiting word from the school or NCAA until he was ruled ineligible near the end of the season.
More on the suit from McAdoo's lawyer, via InsideCarolina.com
“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.”McAdoo was ruled ineligible at the same time as fullback Devon Ramsay. Ramsay was able to win his appeal with the NCAA in February; McAdoo's was denied.
When McAdoo's appeal was denied, athletic director Dick Baddour called the decision "unfair." The argument around Chapel Hill is that sitting out all of 2010, in addition to punishment issued from the university, should suffice as proper punishment for his academic misconduct.
Whether McAdoo ever wants to play another down for the Tar Heels could be debated, but regaining his eligibility in the eyes of the NCAA is clearly a top priority. After a promising sophomore season, he entered 2010 ready to compete for a starting spot on the defensive line. If the 6-foot-7, 245 pound pass rusher is still in top shape, he could be a great addition to any program.
Seeking reinstatement from the NCAA could be his way to re-enter the competition for snaps in Chapel Hill or the first step in taking his talents elsewhere.