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NCAA ready to defend its ‘process’ against UNC’s McAdoo

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.”

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4 Responses to “NCAA ready to defend its ‘process’ against UNC’s McAdoo”
  1. macozil says: Jul 7, 2011 10:03 AM

    Might want to look into the rampant plagiarism in the cited work from Michael McAdoo. All that was mentioned by the UNC honor court was the work cited page was produced by tutor A (Jennifer Willey). However almost the entire text of the paper in question was cut and pastes of other authors work without citation or credit. In short he plagiarized the entire piece. So an obvious plagiarized work made it past the professor, the honor court, the Dean’s review and his own legal team (payed for by whom exactly? No improper benefit there. Anyone can get a top lawyer from their own university to represent them as a student)

  2. ldbright says: Jul 7, 2011 11:43 AM

    Let the man play! My goodness the NCAA is sooo full of itself! I know it would never happen but I hope one day college athletes, especially those who play football and mens hoops would protest or go on strike! That would be awesome and long overdue!

  3. hectorheath says: Jul 7, 2011 4:14 PM

    The NCAA’s attorney who will be defending this suit will find it difficult to refrain from laughing out loud at the July 15th hearing if McAdoo persists in his futile attempt at reinstatement. I would imagine that the folks at UNC-CH are none too pleased that the facts surrounding the alleged literary work of the “permanently ineligible” athlete are coming to light so quickly. Wow, I wonder how many other “papers” allegedly written by UNC athletes might not stand up to scrutiny?? Perhaps the NCAA would be interested in that subject?

  4. pittman2052 says: Jul 7, 2011 6:14 PM

    How many others would start a law suit against the NCAA if McAdoo wins? Here’s hoping that the NCAA gets nailed to the wall.

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