In case you missed this when we posted the story on Monday night, the NCAA (as well as the University of North Carolina) supports the dismissal of the lawsuit that former Tar Heels football player Michael McAdoo (pictured, left) filed against the university, the NCAA and UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp.
You can read that story here.
And, here, you can read the brief that lawyers for the NCAA filed on Monday.
So what does this mean, in the grand scheme? Not too terribly much. As you remember, McAdoo in July 2011 sued the NCAA, UNC and Thorp after the NCAA declared him permanently ineligible. He sought monetary damages and the restoration of his eligibility, after it was stripped because of his involving in UNC’s academic fraud case.
A judge dismissed the case in November 2011, and McAdoo then took his case to the North Carolina Court of Appeals. The brief that the NCAA’s lawyers filed on Monday argues that the appeals court should uphold the lower court’s ruling.
Obviously, McAdoo’s eligibility won’t be restored. He entered the NFL’s supplemental draft in 2011, and then signed a contract with the Baltimore Ravens. And it’s unlikely he receives any kind of monetary compensation for his ordeal, either. But his case is still important, nonetheless, because of the legal precedent that McAdoo is trying to set.
Caught between UNC and the NCAA during the NCAA’s investigation into academic fraud and impermissible benefits, McAdoo had little recourse but to go along with whatever the NCAA and UNC told him to do. Through his legal fight, he’s hoping to create more rights for college athletes who might one day find themselves in a similar position.
Stay tuned …