CHAPEL HILL — Joe Nocera, a New York Times columnist who has expressed his disdain for the NCAA and infrastructure of major college athletics, wrote a column worth reading about Michael McAdoo’s academic experience at North Carolina.
McAdoo is the former Tar Heels’ defensive lineman who, during the NCAA’s investigation into the UNC football program, was ruled permanently ineligible. He fought to have his eligibility restored, and later sued the NCAA and UNC. A North Carolina appeals court recently upheld a lower court’s decision to dismiss the case.
To the surprise of no one, given how his time at UNC turned out, McAdoo didn’t leave Chapel Hill with fond memories. He told Nocera: “I would still like to get a college degree someday. But not at the University of North Carolina. They just wasted my time.”
McAdoo described to Nocera how he arrived at UNC aspiring to major in criminal justice – a major that UNC doesn’t have. Instead, McAdoo told the Times, a counselor chose his major for him: African-American Studies. McAdoo told the Times that he was “assigned” a Swahili independent studies course that never met. Those kinds of AFAM no-show courses were at the center of both an internal university investigation, and more recent investigation that former Gov. Jim Martin directed.
Nocera writes that the real scandal isn’t the one that McAdoo found himself implicated in during his time at UNC. No, the real scandal, Nocera writes, “is what goes on under the rubric of ‘academic counseling.’”
McAdoo spent the 2012 season with the Baltimore Ravens. After a preseason injury, he was placed on the team’s injured reserve list.