July 15: Michael McAdoo, a defensive end on the UNC football team, reaches out to former tutor Jennifer Wiley for help on a 21-page term paper titled "The Evolution of Swahili Culture on the East Coast of Africa" for a class taught by Julius Nyang'oro, head of UNC-Chapel Hill's Department of African and Afro-American Studies. McAdoo, who does not know Wiley is no longer a university tutor, asks her to footnote and produce a list of sources for the paper, which she does. The paper includes several passages lifted from sources. Many are identified, but others are not.
July 13: NCAA investigators question McAdoo about allegations that he accepted a free hotel stay and admission to a nightclub from a prospective agent, which is a violation. McAdoo says he thought a teammate paid for both perks.
Aug. 24 and 29: UNC officials interview McAdoo about emails between him and Wiley that show she had helped him with papers for three African studies courses. They express concern that her level of assistance violated NCAA academic standards. They make McAdoo ineligible for the season opener while they investigate.
Sept. 8: UNC officials contact the NCAA and discuss McAdoo's course work as a hypothetical case. The NCAA says the "hypothetical" example would be academic fraud. Twenty days later, the university self-reports the violations but seeks to get McAdoo back on the field. It also notifies the UNC Honor Court of the alleged fraud.
Oct. 14: The university honor court finds McAdoo guilty of academic dishonesty with regard to the Swahili paper, determining that he received improper assistance from Wiley with citations and a "works cited" list. McAdoo is given a failing grade on the paper and is placed on academic probation for the fall semester. UNC informs the NCAA of the findings.
Nov. 12: The NCAA's staff rules McAdoo permanently ineligible to play football at any member college.
Dec. 14, 2010: At an NCAA appeal hearing, UNC athletics department officials seek to overturn the NCAA's decision, contending that except for the footnoting issues, McAdoo had performed his own work on all of the papers.
Jan. 27: The NCAA denies McAdoo's appeal.
June 21: The NCAA reports its "notice of allegations." It includes previously undisclosed details about the case against McAdoo and also says that Wiley provided improper financial and tutoring help to other athletes.
July 1: McAdoo files suit in state Superior Court seeking reinstatement to the team. His contention: Permanent ineligibility is too harsh a penalty for accepting improper tutor assistance for the sourcing on one paper. The suit includes the paper as an exhibit, along with the honor court ruling and a transcript of the NCAA appeal hearing.
July 7: Commenters on the Pack Pride website for N.C. State University fans begin dissecting the paper and discover multiple examples of plagiarism. News outlets, including The News & Observer, produce follow-up reports.
July 13: McAdoo's request for an injunction - so he can join the team while the case proceeds - is denied. His lawyer says McAdoo will continue to press for a trial. UNC says it is allowing McAdoo to remain at the school on scholarship and has asked him to serve as a team student-coach.