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Report: Former Tar Heel says counselor guided him to no-show classes

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Michael McAdoo, a former defensive end at North Carolina, says he was given a suggestion to join a handful of no-show class by an academic counselor. McAdoo was kicked off the football team in 2010 when UNC was under investigation for academic fraud. According to McAdoo, the academic environment at UNC “Felt like it was all a scam.”

As reported by The News and Observer, McAdoo says he was directed to enrolling in classes that never met but were filled up by football players. It is these classes that led to federal charges against a chairman of the university in charge of teaching the classes.

“They pretty much put me in that class,” McAdoo told The News and Observer. “They pretty much told me … that I might want to consider that class and I really don’t have much time to think about it, so (I might) want to take that class while it was available.”

This is one of the examples being used as evidence in legal battles with the NCAA in support of providing a cut of revenue for student athletes at profitable universities. UNC is also fending off a negative image stemming from a previous CNN report suggesting a number of players from the football and men’s basketball programs battling literacy deficiencies.

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6 Responses to “Report: Former Tar Heel says counselor guided him to no-show classes”
  1. cometkazie says: Jan 17, 2014 4:45 PM

    I guess if these kids could tell us what a literary deficiency was, they wouldn’t have any.

  2. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 17, 2014 5:11 PM

    Conversely, I heard a snippet today about Charlie Strong at UT.

    The first time a player misses class, they have to “run until it hurts”

    The second time they miss class, the whole position group has to “run until it hurts”

    And if it happens a third time, the position coach gets to join them….

    As an Aggie, I’ve grown my whole life to hate UT, but I think this guy might warm me up a little to them.

  3. louhudson23 says: Jan 17, 2014 5:27 PM

    Coach Gene Stallings was supposedly asked once how many of his players would graduate and he supposedly replied “every one of ’em that wants to “….that answer is correct,but I think Coach Strong is going to supply a bit of “want to” for those who may not be sure of just what they want….and they will thank him for it,one day…

  4. rolltide510 says: Jan 17, 2014 5:39 PM

    Seems like this is old news. We already knew this was going on at UNC during that time frame, right?

  5. ncsportsfan says: Jan 17, 2014 5:56 PM

    Is this the same young man caught for plagiarism and whom UNC chose not to support in the trial proceedings?

    Nope no axe to grind with UNC.

  6. js20011041 says: Jan 17, 2014 6:50 PM


    That doesn’t make what he says false. That’s not to jump on UNC too much, though. I’m sure that this goes on to some extent at pretty much every school. Have you ever heard some of these players speak when they’re making the college commitments? They literally can’t hold a coherent conversation. All it takes is a few sentences and you know that these are kids that don’t belong anywhere near middle school classroom, let alone a college one.

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