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“The university sought the restoration of the plaintiff’s eligibility, advocated for it and filed an appeal on his behalf. But in the end, the university lost. As an NCAA member institution, UNC-Chapel Hill now has no choice but to respect the NCAA’s determination or face what the plaintiff concedes are `harsh and draconian’ consequences.”
-- N.C. Attorney General’s office in a filing opposing former Tar Heel Michael McAdoo’s request for his NCAA football eligibility to be reinstated. McAdoo had been declared permanently ineligible for academic misconduct by the NCAA.
In a hearing Wednesday, Durham County Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson denied a petition by McAdoo seeking to compel the university to reinstate him while preventing the NCAA from interfering in that process or punishing the school if he returned. McAdoo sought the court ruling so that he would be able to return to the football team in time for the start of his senior season this fall.
“It will make it very, very difficult to make that happen in light of this ruling,” said Noah H. Huffstetler III, one of McAdoo’s attorneys.
Huffstetler had argued that McAdoo was losing the opportunity to play college football as well as the chance to possibly turn that into a professional career. But in denying the request, Hudson said McAdoo “will not likely suffer irreparable loss if the injunction is not imposed or issued.”
McAdoo attended the two-hour hearing with his mother and grandmother. He had no visible reaction to Hudson’s ruling and filed out of the courtroom with his attorneys through a side door without comment.