The Baltimore Ravens have agreed to terms with defensive end Michael McAdoo out of UNC. McAdoo entered the NFL’s supplemental draft after an NCAA investigation ruled him ineligible for the 2011 college football season due to an academic violation. Apparently, McAdoo was suspected of plagiarism, though he currently has a lawsuit against the NCAA for the allegations against him.
The whole issue is a bit hairy. SI’s Andy Staples puts the situation in layman’s terms.
The NCAA’s student-athlete reinstatement staff permanently banned McAdoo from college sports because — it alleges — he took $110 in extra benefits and committed three instances of academic fraud. McAdoo sued because the NCAA ignored the fact that UNC’s Undergraduate Honor Court found insufficient evidence to charge McAdoo with one count of academic fraud and found him not guilty of another. The honor court found McAdoo guilty in one instance, and that involved a tutor reformatting his citations and his works cited page for a paper in a Swahili class. The court suspended McAdoo from school for the spring 2011 semester.
Sounds like McAdoo has a fantastic case. The NCAA clearly ignored the facts when it sentenced him.
Here’s where it gets complicated. When McAdoo’s attorney filed the suit, he included as evidence the paper in question.
If you’d lie to see passages of the paper in question, click on over to Staples’ article. Regardless of McAdoo’s writing “abilities,” the Ravens are adding a big, 6′ 7″ 245 pound, defensive end to their arsenal. Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times calls McAdoo a rangy, athletic pass rusher capable of playing outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense or defensive end in the 4-3.