A judge has denied former UNC defensive end Michael McAdoo’s request for injunction against the NCAA, and will not allow him to regain eligibility to play football at this time.
McAdoo is suing the University and the NCAA for reinstatement to the football team, as well as unspecified damages.
In his opening remarks, McAdoo’s lawyer Noah Huffstetler said that the NCAA had made a “serious mistake” by failing to consider the UNC Honor Court’s ruling that McAdoo was only guilty of a single violation. The Honor Court ruled in October 2010 that McAdoo would be eligible to play football again in fall 2011.
Huffstetler also said that the Instrument of Student Judicial Governance, which governs the Honor Court, is “an enforceable contract between the University and Mr. McAdoo”
Huffstetler said that McAdoo brought litigation now in order to preserve what would be his final football season at UNC. If McAdoo’s case is reviewed in October at the NCAA hearing for the UNC football program, he would lose almost the entire season, he said.