ACC: Michael McAdoo

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January, 16, 2013
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November, 16, 2011
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July, 18, 2011
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July, 13, 2011
Can't wait for the ACC football kickoff in Pinehurst. It's so nice there it makes me wish I could golf.

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April, 1, 2011
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February, 10, 2011
Somehow the news keeps on giving ...
The NCAA has upheld its original 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 prepared statement.

McAdoo’s appeal was originally heard by the NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee on Tuesday, Dec. 14. The university is still working with the NCAA to resolve the pending case involving fullback Devon Ramsay.

Ramsay, McAdoo ruled ineligible for UNC

November, 15, 2010
Devon Ramsay and Michael McAdoo have been ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA, the school announced this afternoon.

North Carolina will appeal the decision to the Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement, an independent panel comprised of representatives from NCAA member colleges, universities and athletic conferences. This committee can reduce or remove the condition. The athletes remain ineligible until the conclusion of the appeals process.

The NCAA enforcement staff will not require UNC to forfeit the two wins in which Ramsay played this year.

“While we respect the decision, the facts of the cases simply do not support permanent ineligibility,” UNC AD Dick Baddour said in a prepared statement. “We will aggressively appeal and are hopeful the reinstatement committee will reach the same conclusion.”

Ramsay played in the first four games of the season and had two catches for 15 yards, including a touchdown against LSU. He was withheld from competition on Oct. 9 against Clemson and has not returned. McAdoo has not played this season.

Possible ACC candidates for Broyles Award

October, 19, 2010
There are two ACC assistant coaches this year who immediately come to mind as possible candidates for this year's Frank Broyles Award, which is given to the top assistant coach in the country: Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops and North Carolina defensive coordinator Everett Withers.

Stoops was hired to turn around one of the country's worst defenses, which he has done with remarkable speed, and Withers has managed to hold opponents to just under 20 points per game despite missing seven starters heading into the season and losing two of the country's best defensive linemen to NCAA investigations.


  • UNC is still without the following defensive starters: defensive tackle Marvin Austin (dismissed), defensive end Robert Quinn (permanently ineligible), cornerback Kendric Burney (case still pending) and cornerback Charles Brown (case still pending). The following backups are also still missing: strong safety Jonathan Smith (one year of eligibility remaining), free safety Brian Gupton (one year of eligibility remaining), defensive end Michael McAdoo (case still pending). And yet ...
  • UNC is fourth in the country in red zone defense.
  • UNC is third in the ACC in pass efficiency defense and No. 22 in the country in pass defense.
  • UNC ranks seventh in the country in turnover margin thanks in part to 11 interceptions and five recovered fumbles.
  • FSU was No. 108 in rushing defense last year (204.62 yards per game) and is No. 18 now (104.86).
  • No. 94 in scoring defense a year ago (30 points per game) and No. 15 now (16.14)
  • No. 108 in total defense (434.62) to No. 22 now (308.14).
  • No. 58 in sacks in 2009, No. 1 now.
  • The list goes on.

Both are deserving of consideration, but my vote would go to Stoops. The program hasn't been tainted by an NCAA investigation (this year), and the defensive improvement is a major reason why Florida State is still undefeated in league play.
North Carolina lost before it even stepped on the plane this morning.

A total of 15 players have either been declared ineligible or remain in limbo for Saturday's season opener against LSU for violations of school and/or NCAA rules, according to a release this morning from the university.

Starters Marvin Austin, Charles Brown, Kendric Burney, Greg Little and Robert Quinn have all been declared ineligible, along with backup defensive end Michael McAdoo. Six others, including the 1-2 punch running back combo of Shaun Draughn and Ryan Houston, starting safety Da'Norris Searcy, and backups Linwan Euwell, safety Brian Gupton and safety Jonathan Smith will all be held out of the game while the investigations continue.

The total number of games those 12 players are expected to miss has not been determined, as the NCAA's investigation into possible improper contact with agents and academic misconduct continues.

UNC is also working with the NCAA today to determine the eligibility status of three other players who will not travel to Atlanta for the Chick-fil-A kickoff. The Tar Heels left on Friday morning.

This is a huge punch in the gut, not only for North Carolina's chances at beating LSU (game over), but also for the Tar Heels' hopes for the entire season. This is bigger than Butch Davis and any one player within the program. This is the kind of devastating news that could impact the entire season.

T.J. Yates' interceptions? They're the least of UNC's worries.

The Tar Heels will be missing their leading receiver, the top three rushers (Little was third), the top two punt returners, two of the top three interception leaders, and two of the top four tacklers. The two-deep on the preseason depth chart at running back, strong safety and right defensive end will now start with the third-string player, or others will have to be moved around.

“As I have said, there is no single game more important than the character and integrity of this university,” Davis said in the release. “We are disappointed the players’ choices have denied them the opportunity to compete alongside their teammates and represent the University of North Carolina. Our coaches and players have a tremendous challenge this weekend, and despite these circumstances, our team will be excited to face LSU.”

Too bad UNC's fans won't be excited to watch it.

UNC's Reddick talks about apartment fire

July, 12, 2010
UNC middle linebacker Kevin Reddick isn’t exactly sure how the fire in his apartment started -- other than he heard that somebody in the unit above him got careless with a cigarette -- but he and defensive end Michael McAdoo have been displaced by the fire and lost everything in it. Neither player was injured.

“I had just ordered some pizza and happened to look outside the window and saw shingles coming off the roof,” Reddick said. “I didn’t think too much of it, I just thought somebody was working on the roof. Then as I closed my blind, I saw fire go across my window.”

McAdoo left about five minutes before the fire had started. Reddick grabbed his wallet and his shoes and left immediately. Those were the only things he was able to save from the fire.

“I have nothing left,” he said. “Everything I own is gone.”

Reddick, a promising sophomore who took over the starting job midway through last season, finished with 45 tackles, including 5.5 for losses and one pass breakup in seven starts. He said he’s staying at a Hampton Inn until he finds another place to live.

“I’m gonna make it,” he said. “It’s not like I haven’t been through more detours.”

Same here.

I was an intern at the Kansas City Star in the summer of 1999 when I left my apartment to go for a run. When I came back, the only thing remaining from the old, eight-unit building was rubble from the foundation and lots of smoke. My roommate, Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman, had jumped out of the second story window. There had been a gas explosion and it destroyed everything. Unlike Reddick, though, I didn’t leave with my wallet. Needless to say that internship ended quickly.

So I can sympathize with these players. At the time, it seemed like I lost everything. Now? It doesn’t seem like I really lost anything.

UNC troubles: Sturdivant charged

July, 12, 2010
North Carolina linebacker Quan Sturdivant was charged with possession of marijuana, according to the Raleigh News & Observer.

UNC coach Butch Davis released this statement this morning:

“We are disappointed in Quan’s actions over the weekend. This is not the type of behavior we expect from our student-athletes. In addition to the outcome of the legal process, he also will face disciplinary action from within the football program beginning immediately.”

As if that weren't enough, an apartment fire damaged the home of two football players, Michael McAdoo and Kevin Reddick, who were both unharmed, according to The Daily Tar Heel. The fire was on the fourth floor and they lived on the third, according to a school spokesman. More information is still being gathered, but the players had nothing to do with how the fire started, said Kevin Best, school spokesman.

UNC reserve DT charged with misdemeanor

June, 30, 2010
North Carolina redshirt freshman defensive tackle Jared McAdoo was charged on June 19 with a misdemeanor for having a BB gun on campus, a school spokesman confirmed. McAdoo will face further disciplinary sanctions from the football program, but details were not released. Coach Butch Davis has been out of the country for the past week and there is no other official comment.

First, don’t confuse Jared McAdoo with Michael McAdoo. They are not related. They both play on the defensive line, though. Michael is a defensive end who had a great spring and is competing for E.J. Wilson’s vacated spot. Jared is not a starter. Tydreke Powell will play in Cam Thomas’ old position, and Jared will be his backup. He’ll be a part of the rotation this fall.

Second, it’s a BB gun, guys. Let’s not get all “up in arms” about this. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

ACC's irreplaceable players

June, 8, 2010
This week, ESPN’s “College Football Live” is revealing the most irreplaceable players heading into the 2010 season. These are the guys who are not only invaluable to their team, but have a question mark behind them. As good as NC State quarterback Russell Wilson is, he’s got a capable backup behind him in Mike Glennon, who took all of the first-team reps this spring while Wilson was playing baseball. Same can be said at Florida State, where E.J. Manuel was the MVP of the Gator Bowl in Christian Ponder’s absence. So who would they miss most?

Here’s a look at who the most irreplaceable players are on each roster:

BOSTON COLLEGE: Montel Harris, RB -- His health is of the utmost importance, as Harris IS the Eagles’ running game. Rolandan Finch, who had mononucleosis last year, tore his ACL in mid-April. Freshman Sterlin Phifer is an option, but it was hard to tell how much he might be able to help from spring scrimmages because there wasn’t a lot of rushing with the hopes of keeping everyone healthy. Phifer had 15 carries for 28 yards and a touchdown in the first two scrimmages.

CLEMSON: DeAndre McDaniel, CB -- Quick: name his backup. Exactly. Why would you take an All-American off the field if you didn’t have to? McDaniel is the star of a defense that lost two veterans in the secondary. If McDaniel goes down, sophomore Jonathan Meeks is the next man up. He had 54 snaps last year and played on special teams.

DUKE: Sean Renfree, QB -- Even though Renfree is only entering his first season as a full-time starter for the Blue Devils, there is even less experience behind him. Renfree has at least taken a snap in a game. Freshman quarterback Brandon Connette enrolled in January and Sean Schroeder was running the scout team offense a year ago.

FLORIDA STATE: Rodney Hudson, OG -- He didn’t allow a sack or quarterback pressure all season. Now there’s a guy Ponder won’t want to be missing this fall. Hudson only missed four assignments all season and had a team-high average grade of 88 over 11 starts. He missed the last two regular-season games with a knee sprain.

GEORGIA TECH: Joshua Nesbitt, QB -- The Jackets settled on Tevin Washington as their backup quarterback this spring, but there is still a significant gap between he and Nesbitt. Nesbitt has mastered the spread-option offense and the timing needed to perfect it. Washington has six carries and one pass attempt.

MARYLAND: Torrey Smith, WR -- He’s unmatched on the roster when it comes to all-around contributions. He’s a kick returner, a receiver and a team leader. He’s also the most explosive player the Terps have.

MIAMI: Jacory Harris, QB -- Coach Randy Shannon has said he can win a national title with Harris as his quarterback, but in order to have any chance at doing that, the Canes obviously have to keep him healthy. A.J. Highsmith played in three games last year, but road trips to Pitt and Ohio State are no places for introductions.

NORTH CAROLINA: Robert Quinn, DE -- It’s not easy to replace a guy who has 11 sacks and 19 tackles for losses. The players behind him are good -- Quinton Coples and Michael McAdoo -- but they have yet to start a college game and prove dependable for the number of plays the staff asks of Quinn.

NC STATE: Nate Irving, LB -- The Wolfpack saw how devastating it was to lose Irving a year ago, when he missed the whole season after injuries he sustained in a summer car accident. Some within the program say he is the best player on the roster, and the defense definitely wasn’t the same without him last year.

VIRGINIA: Marc Verica, QB -- There’s no shortage of quarterbacks for Mike London to choose from in his first year as head coach, but Verica is the only one who has attempted a collegiate pass. Ross Metheny and Michael Strauss were the only other quarterbacks available this past spring, and they were competing for the No. 2 spot.

VIRGINIA TECH: Tyrod Taylor, QB -- The Hokies will need their veteran healthy to keep their championship hopes alive this fall. The No. 2 job has yet to be solidified, but Logan Thomas made the strongest case this spring over Ju-Ju Clayton.

WAKE FOREST: Russell Nenon, C -- He has started 25 games, including the past 19, at center. Nenon is one of just two starters returning to an offensive line in need of some help. The Deacs were shorthanded up front this spring, as Nenon was injured. Garrick Williams, Whit Barnes and Chance Raines all got some valuable reps, but only Raines has actually snapped the ball in a game and it was maybe one or two plays in a win at Baylor.


Making a name in the ACC

May, 11, 2010
There were some impressive performances throughout the ACC this spring by younger players who didn't get much pub, but could eventually make an impact in their program. Some names will be more familiar than others, and some players came out of nowhere this spring or had a fleeting moment to shine in the absence of veterans:

Boston college sophomore defensive end Max Holloway: He made six tackles, which included four sacks for a net loss of 24 yards in the Eagles' spring game.

Clemson freshman linebacker Quandon Christian: He was third on the depth chart entering the spring and first coming out. He had seven tackles in the Tigers' spring game.

Duke redshirt sophomore Kenny Anunike: With Duke in need of depth along the defensive line, Anunike moved from tight end to defensive end this spring and made nine tackles including two for loss in the spring game.

Florida State redshirt freshman defensive back Xavier Rhodes: He was named the top newcomer on defense this spring and had six tackles in the spring game.

Georgia Tech backup quarterback Tevin Washington: He ran for three touchdowns and threw for one touchdown in a game that ended at halftime because of severe weather.

Maryland redshirt freshman running back D.J. Adams: He rushed for a game-high 70 yards on 14 carries with two fourth-quarter touchdowns to help the White team earn a 21-13 come-from-behind victory in the Terps' spring game. Adams also caught a pair of passes for 29 yards.

Miami backup quarterback Stephen Morris: A.J. Highsmith is the front-runner to be the No. 2 behind Jacory Harris, but in the spring game, Morris completed 12 of 21 passes for 209 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

North Carolina defensive end Michael McAdoo: He had four sacks and one interception in the White team’s 17-0 spring game win. The junior was in the rotation as a pass-rush specialist last year.

NC State freshman defensive end Daryl Cato-Bishop: He had 10 tackles for loss and five sacks in three scrimmages, helping a line that lost all four starters.

Virginia quarterback Ross Metheny: He connected on 6 of 10 passes, compiling 140 yards and completing a game-long 57-yard pass to wide receiver Ray Keys.

Virginia Tech offensive tackle Nick Becton: He filled in well this spring at left tackle for former three-year starter Ed Wang, despite just playing 46 snaps last year.

Wake Forest freshman linebacker Justin Jackson: He led the team with six tackles and added a tackle for loss in the spring game.