As you’ve probably read by now (and, if you haven’t, you can do so HERE), former North Carolina defensive end Michael McAdoo is suing the NCAA, his university and UNC chancellor Holden Thorp in hopes of regaining the eligibility he was stripped of permanently last November.
McAdoo was one of a handful of Tar Heels to be ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA in the fallout of a two-pronged scandal featuring allegations of impermissible benefits received by players and academic misconduct. He claims the NCAA used inaccurate information related to the academic misconduct charges (the reason for his ban) and did not consider a UNC report that claimed McAdoo was unaware the help he was receiving from tutor Jennifer Wiley was improper.
The NCAA has since responded to the suit — a hearing for which has been set on July 15th — and, surprise, they’re pretty stubborn about their stance. Below is their statement on the matter:
“We are aware of the litigation. Academic integrity is critically important to intercollegiate athletics and something that is expected from all student-athletes. As a result, the NCAA plans to vigorously defend the process by which penalties related to academic misconduct are ultimately determined by the NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee, comprised of representatives from member institutions.”
It is important to emphasize (again) that McAdoo was ruled ineligible based on the allegations of academic misconduct in addition to the alleged impermissible benefits received. However, McAdoo’s case contests that he was only guilty of one of three academic charges (improper use of the tutor) for which he received a brief probationary period. Whether the court agrees with his decision remains to be seen.
At the time of McAdoo’s first appeal for reinstatement, UNC athletic director Dick Baddour stated that “[w]e appealed this decision because we believed it was unfair and we continue to believe that.”
D’haquille Williams may have some additional explaining to do to NFL personnel if another report is accurate.
Monday night, Auburn announced that the star wide receiver had been dismissed from Gus Malzahn‘s football program. A day later, reports surfaced that Williams’ dismissal came after he went on a weekend “bar rampage” following one of his friends getting the heave-ho from a local drinking establishment over a dress-code issue. It was alleged that Williams had punched a pair of security guards, a bartender’s assistant and an unnamed patron of the bar.
The unnamed, however, now has a name.
According to the ABC affiliate in Montgomery, Ala., and a citing a source close to the AU program, Tigers center Xavier Dampeer‘s jaw was on the receiving end of one of Williams’ alleged punches. The website wrote that “Dampeer has been treated and released from East Alabama Medical Center, according to a worker at the hospital.”
Malzahn was asked Tuesday if any other Tiger players were involved in the incident. “I’m not going to get into any details,” the coach said according to al.com.
No charges have been filed in connection to the incident.
“We cannot file charges until the injured person(s) comes forward,” Auburn police chief Paul Register told the television station. “Unless an officer personally sees a fight, no arrests can be made.”
If Illinois is going to improve upon its solid 4-1 start to the 2015 season, it’ll have to do so without a significant cog in its offensive machinery.
On the official injury report release Thursday night, the Illini confirmed that Josh Ferguson has been ruled out of Saturday’s game against No. 22 Iowa. The decision is not exactly a surprise as Ferguson has been doubtful in the run-up to the road game against the Hawkeyes.
Ferguson sustained an injury to his right shoulder in the first quarter of last Saturday’s last-second win over Nebraska, and has been unable to practice at all this week.
Ferguson’s 381 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns and 5.4 yards per carry are all tops on the team. He’s added 12 receptions for 28 yards and another touchdown coming out of the backfield.
With Ferguson sidelined, the bulk of the running-game load is expected to shift to Ke’Shawn Vaughn. Through five games, Vaughn is second on the Illini with 325 yards and a pair of touchdowns.