Two more Heels banned

Devon Ramsay and Michael McAdoo are ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA.

Staff WriterNovember 16, 2010 

Eighteen weeks after the NCAA's initial visit to campus, the agent-related and academic-related investigations into the North Carolina football program are nearly complete.

The fate of the final two individual players involved was officially delivered Monday night. The NCAA declared fullback Devon Ramsay and defensive end Michael McAdoo permanently ineligible. Neither the NCAA nor UNC would disclose the reason for the players' expulsion from college football.

Ramsay played in the first four games of the season, including two wins, but the NCAA will not require UNC to forfeit the wins, UNC athletic director Dick Baddour said. The school's frequent contact with the NCAA and "good faith effort" is the reason the NCAA didn't make UNC forfeit the wins, Baddour said.

"When we discovered some issues, we acted on them," Baddour said. "The [NCAA] accepted our action in good faith."

UNC, with a 6-4 record, is eligible to play in a bowl game this season, with remaining games at home against N.C. State on Saturday and at Duke on Nov. 27.

Baddour said the school would appeal the NCAA's decision on Ramsay and McAdoo's status.

The NCAA declined to comment.

The loss of McAdoo and Ramsey brings the total of UNC players ruled out for the season to eight, with four - receiver Greg Little, defensive end Robert Quinn, McAdoo and Ramsay - ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA and a fifth - defensive tackle Marvin Austin - dismissed from the program by UNC.

The other three players ruled out for the season - safety Jonathan Smith, safety Brian Gupton and cornerback Charles Brown - are redshirting and plan to return for the 2011 season.

Six players were cleared to return, with five players missing at least three games. Running back Ryan Houston missed the first five games and chose to redshirt the season rather than return for the final seven regular-season games.

UNC has identified five players as being involved in the agent-related investigation -- Austin, Little, Quinn, Kendric Burney and Deunta Williams. Citing to privacy laws, the school has declined to designate the players involved in academic misconduct.

Baddour declined to say if either McAdoo or Ramsay was involved in the agent-related investigation.

Baddour said Monday's ruling brings the investigation, which began on July 12, closer to a conclusion.

"There is some remaining work to be done, but we are moving along and do feel like the end is in sight," Baddour said.

Baddour would not put a timetable on when the school would receive a ruling from the NCAA about possible sanctions, which could include the loss of scholarships and a postseason ban.

"Clearly the NCAA has some work to do and has to make an evaluation as to the extent of what their determinations will be," Baddour said.

Baddour said he would be "aggressive" in the appeals for McAdoo and Ramsay.

McAdoo, a 6-foot-7, 245-pound junior, was the defensive MVP of the spring game, with four sacks and an interception and was scheduled to start at defensive end after Quinton Coples was moved inside to replace Austin at defensive tackle.

Ramsay, a fourth-year junior, started two games and caught a touchdown pass in the season-opening loss to LSU on Sept. 4. He also dropped a sure touchdown pass against LSU and caused a critical fumble in a collision with quarterback T.J. Yates in a loss to Georgia Tech on Sept. 18.

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