UNC's McAdoo loses appeal

Ramsay awaits NCAA decision

staff writerFebruary 10, 2011 

Michael McAdoo

Michael McAdoo's NCAA football career is over while Devon Ramsay still awaits his fate.

North Carolina lost its appeal with the NCAA on Wednesday to get McAdoo, a junior defensive end, back on the football field. The NCAA upheld its original ruling of permanent ineligible status for McAdoo. The school said it is still waiting to hear about Ramsay's appeal.

Both players were ruled permanently ineligible for their role in the ongoing NCAA investigation at UNC for players receiving improper agent benefits and academic misconduct on Nov. 15. Since then, Ramsay's mother, Sharon Lee, said her son was involved in the academic portion of the investigation.

UNC has declined to disclose which portion of the investigation McAdoo was involved in but in previous cases the NCAA has provided detailed reports about the players that received improper benefits. The NCAA has issued no report on McAdoo and declined to comment on the case on Wednesday.

McAdoo, who was expected to start at defensive end, did not play at all during the 2010 season. His appeal was heard by the NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee on Dec. 14.

"We appealed this decision because we believed it was unfair and we continue to believe that," UNC athletic director Dick Baddour said in a statement released by the school on Wednesday.

McAddo and Ramsay were two of eight players who were ruled out for the season by either the NCAA or UNC and two of four who were ruled permanently ineligible. The other two ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA - receiver Greg Little and defensive end Robert Quinn - entered the NFL draft. Defensive tackle Marvin Austin, another player who missed the whole season but was dismissed from the program by UNC, also entered the draft.

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

McAdoo, a 6-foot-7, 245-pound junior from Antioch, Tenn., was the defensive MVP of last year's spring game, with four sacks and an interception, and had 20 tackles and a sack as a sophomore reserve.

As a third-year player, McAdoo's eligible to enter the NFL draft but the deadline for underclassmen to declare has passed. He has the option to enter the supplemental draft in July. He would have to enroll at an National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics school to continue his college career because the NCAA's ruling extends to the FCS, Division II and III levels.

McAdoo could not be reached for comment on Wednesday. A team spokesman said McAdoo finished the fall semester at UNC.

Ramsay, a junior fullback, played in the first four games of the season before North Carolina discovered his correspondence with a former university tutor. He was withheld from the Tar Heels' remaining nine games.

His appeal was scheduled for Dec. 16.

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