McAdoo Injunction Denied

DURHAM, N.C. – A Durham Superior Court judge denied Michael McAdoo's request for an injunction against UNC and the NCAA in a hearing on Wednesday that would have restored his eligibility immediately.

In a hearing that lasted more than two hours, Judge Orlando Hudson issued an immediate decision that McAdoo's request did not meet the required standards for an injunction. Hudson told a packed courtroom at the Durham County Courthouse that it was "not likely [McAdoo] would suffer irreparable loss" if the injunction was not imposed.

The senior defensive end filed a lawsuit against Chancellor Holden Thorp, UNC and the NCAA in seeking reinstatement for the 2011 season and for compensatory relief for damages on July 1. An injunction hearing was scheduled this week in an attempt to allow McAdoo to play the 2011 season in its entirety.

McAdoo's lawyer, Noah Huffstetler III, argued on Wednesday that the NCAA violated its own procedures in ruling his client ineligible and based its decision on erroneous information.

"We respect the court's decision," UNC athletic director Dick Baddour said in a press release. "We agree with the court that these kinds of issues should be decided within the framework of the institution and the NCAA. It is disappointing any time a student-athlete can no longer compete in his or her chosen sport, but we will support Michael and encourage him to finish his education at the University of North Carolina.

"Carolina is an NCAA member institution and we understand and work within the processes that the NCAA has in place to resolve eligibility and compliance issues. We support those processes and will continue to move forward over these next months to address all of the matters before the NCAA."

Despite Wednesday's court decision, McAdoo's lawsuit will proceed in an attempt to restore his eligibility. No trial date has been set at this time.

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