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The Mis-Education of Mike McAdoo: UNC Football

Earlier this month former University of North Carolina football player, Mike McAdoo became the first to sue the university over an 18 year academic scandal that kept athlete’s eligible to play sports by taking classes that never met.

McAdoo lost his eligibility in 2010 when he was accused of getting too much help with a class paper and was one of the first student-athletes identified to have taken part in “paper classes.”

He will be the lead plaintiff of a class action suit claiming he and other scholarship players’ were steered away from their desired majors.

If that’s the case, then he and others could have transferred to another school that would allow them to focus on their desired degrees!

Prior to this lawsuit, McAdoo sued the NCAA, UNC and then Chancellor Holden Thorp in hopes of regaining eligibility, but the lawsuit was denied.

The lawsuit is aimed at representing all scholarship football players’ that were student-athletes from 1993-2011. These were the identified years in the recent investigation by former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein as being fraudulent in the Afro-American Studies Department, where many student-athletes were being steered.

The lawsuit specifically states that UNC violated NC consumer protection laws with “unfair and deceptive acts or practices affecting commerce.”  McAdoo is seeking actual damages for the classes in question and also a review of all classes for student-athletes.

McAdoo wants us to believe he was the victim, but it appears to me that he was a willing participant that became bitter when things just didn’t go as planned, especially when his hands got caught in the cookie jar!

He has to bear some of the responsibility for taking part in the UNC academic fraud during his tenure there. 

If he would have signed a multi-million dollar deal with an NFL team, would he be so motivated to go forth with this lawsuit? It’s not like someone held a gun to his head forcing him to participate in the fraud!

In my opinion before McAdoo or any other former UNC student-athlete during the years of the academic fraud want to blame UNC, they must first look at themselves and realize it was a choice they made to go along with it. To think only of the then, when they should have planned for the future and took earning a degree more seriously.

I am not a legal expert so I won’t speculate on what will become of this lawsuit, but all college student-athletes need to realize, if a school shows you a shortcut in obtaining a grade just to stay academically eligible to play a sport, then they don’t have your best interest in mind!

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