Former North Carolina defensive end Michael McAdoo, who was deemed permanently ineligible by the NCAA in November, filed a lawsuit against Chancellor Holden Thorp, the University and the NCAA on Friday in an attempt to have his eligibility reinstated.
The lawsuit claims that McAdoo “was improperly and unjustly declared permanently ineligible to play intercollegiate athletics.”
McAdoo was suspended by the University for the first three games of the 2010 football season after officials found that he had received extra benefits, valued at $110.
On Nov. 12, the NCAA declared McAdoo permanently ineligible, citing that he accepted impermissible academic benefits on multiple occasions during three different academic terms.
UNC self-reported the violations to the NCAA in September, and according to a letter written to the NCAA by Athletic Director Dick Baddour, the University claimed that McAdoo wasn’t aware at the time that the academic assistance he received was impermissible.