UNC's McAdoo permanently ineligible

Updated: February 9, 2011, 6:14 PM ET
By Heather Dinich | ESPN.com

The NCAA has upheld its decision of permanent ineligibility for North Carolina junior defensive end Michael McAdoo, the school announced Wednesday evening.

"We appealed this decision because we believed it was unfair and we continue to believe that," UNC athletic director Dick Baddour said in a statement.

Last season, 14 players missed at least one game because of a two-pronged NCAA investigation into academics and players receiving impermissible benefits from and having improper contact with agents. Seven players, including McAdoo, missed the entire season.

The school has never specified a reason for the rulings and privacy laws prevent it from discussing any player's involvement in the academic review.

McAdoo's appeal was originally heard by the NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee on Dec. 14. McAdoo played in 13 games as a sophomore in 2009 and was in the rotation at defensive end as a pass rush specialist. He finished the season with 20 tackles, including seven for loss and one sack.

The university is working with the NCAA to resolve the pending case involving fullback Devon Ramsay.