McAdoo's hearing bumped up to today

Former UNC defensive end ruled permanently ineligible by NCAA fighting for reinstatement

Associated PressJuly 13, 2011 

Michael McAdoo

Attorneys for a former North Carolina football player ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA will appear in court Wednesday as he tries to return to the team.

Defensive end Michael McAdoo is seeking to compel chancellor Holden Thorp to reinstate him while preventing the NCAA from interfering in the process or punishing the school if McAdoo returns.

According to McAdoo's complaint, the NCAA ruled McAdoo ineligible for receiving improper assistance on multiple assignments over several terms. His lawyers argue that the school's Honor Court found him guilty of one infraction connected to a research paper in summer 2009.

The hearing was originally scheduled for Friday before being moved due to a scheduling conflict.

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Leach tells his side of story: Former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach on Tuesday offered up fresh details on what he says was happening behind the scenes around the time he was fired.

In excerpts from his book, "Swing Your Sword," Leach said emails "suggest" there was never a university investigation into allegations he mistreated a player, Adam James, with a concussion but rather "an effort to sell me down the river." He also claims a public relations firm, Spaeth Communications, was used by the university to "smear" Leach's name.

"They knew the facts weren't on their side so they used Spaeth to spread misinformation and try to turn public opinion," an excerpt says.

The university fired Leach in December 2009 amid claims that he mistreated receiver Adam James, son of Craig James, an ESPN analyst. Leach has long denied that, and said he believes an $800,000 bonus he was due was the reason he was fired.

Leach sued the school for wrongful termination but a Texas appeals court allowed his trial to go forward for only non-monetary damages.

D-II Hall to induct Allen, McAfee, Burgess: Former NFL players Larry Allen and Fred McAfee and coach Bill Burgess are entering the Division II Hall of Fame.

The Class of 2011, announced Tuesday, will be inducted Dec. 16.

Allen was a Sonoma State offensive lineman from 1992-93. He played in more Pro Bowls than any other Dallas Cowboy offensive player (11) and made the NFL Team of the Decade for both the 1990s and 2000s.

McAfee, a running back at Mississippi College from 1987-90, finished third in the Harlon Hill Trophy voting for Division II's top player as a senior. Now director of player development for the New Orleans Saints, McAfee played 16 NFL seasons with four teams.

Burgess led Jacksonville State to the Division II championship game three times in eight seasons, winning in 1992.

Oklahoma linebacker's death ruled an accident: The state Medical Examiner's office says Oklahoma linebacker Austin Box had five prescription painkillers and an anti-anxiety drug in his system when he died.

The death of the 22-year-old Box on May 19 was ruled accidental in the report released Tuesday.

The agency says the combination of the drugs likely caused pulmonary edema - or fluid in the lungs - and aspiration pneumonia - inflammation of the lungs caused by inhaling foreign substances.

The report notes that Box had a "chronic pain history."

Box was expected to start at middle linebacker for the Sooners this coming season.

WVU linebacker charged: West Virginia linebacker Branko Busick was dismissed from the team Tuesday, a day after he was arrested on an armed robbery charge.

WVU coach Dana Holgorsen said without elaboration that Busick had been kicked off the team for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

Police say a man reported that he was struck repeatedly with a gun at a Morgantown apartment building after he told his assailant he had no money.

The 20-year-old Busick was freed on $25,000 bond after being arraigned Tuesday. A Monongalia County magistrate court official says Busick's father posted a property bond. Nick Busick is the former WWE wrestler Big Bully Busick.

Ex-Penn State tailback's lawsuit thrown out: A federal judge has dismissed former Penn State running back Austin Scott's civil lawsuit against the university, police and a female acquaintance over a rape charge against him that was later dropped.

The judge said in Monday's ruling that he found no evidence to support Scott's accusation that the woman, the school and police conspired against him.

Scott's attorney has said his client's aspirations to play in the NFL were damaged after the charges were filed in October 2007. He had been suspended that month for violating team rules and never played for Penn State again.


Ex-PSU guard Buie charged: Troubled former Penn State guard Taran Buie is due in court today on misdemeanor charges of theft, criminal mischief and receiving stolen property.

Court documents show that the case is related to two cellphones. Authorities say Buie took a smartphone from a campus party in February and failed to turn over to police another phone he found in a taxi. Police filed charges last month.

Buie was suspended in December for violating team rules and did not play again. He left Penn State in April and verbally committed to transfer to Hofstra.

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