The appeals process will begin today for former UNC football player Michael McAdoo, whose lawsuit seeking NCAA reinstatement led to revelations of academic fraud in UNC’s African and Afro-American Studies department.
McAdoo filed the lawsuit in July of last year after the NCAA ruled he was ineligible to play his senior year. McAdoo had been found guilty on one count of academic fraud by the UNC Honor Court in 2010.
The lawsuit made public a paper that appeared to contain plagiarized sections. That revelation prompted a review of UNC’s department of African and Afro-American Studies.
The lawsuit was dismissed by a Durham Superior Court judge in November of last year.
Noah Huffstetler, one of McAdoo’s attorneys, declined to comment on the merits of the case, but said a decision on the appeal should be reached within the coming weeks.
The lawsuit claims the NCAA made an erroneous decision by ruling McAdoo ineligible to play. It also claims the NCAA did not respect the UNC Honor Court’s findings and did not heed precedents from similar cases.
The University, Chancellor Holden Thorp and the NCAA filed motions to dismiss the case last September.
Thorp could not be reached for comment.
The N.C. Attorney General’s Office will be representing the University in the matter, said UNC spokesman Mike McFarland in an email.