Friday Sports Briefs

McAdoo Denied Injunction, Unlikely to play in 2011

University of North Carolina football player Michael McAdoo was denied a preliminary injunction in his lawsuit against the university and NCAA that would have allowed him to play football in this, his senior year.  Although McAdoo’s lawsuit can continue, it is unlikely to be resolved in time for him to play football for UNC.  Here’s an interesting quote from McAdoo’s attorney, Noah Huffstetler:

We do think the NCAA has tremendous authority to affect the lives of young men and women who play intercollegiate sports and what happened today I think illustrates how much power the NCAA does have and how difficult it is to challenge one of its decisions.

UNC, however, has floated the possibility that McAdoo could serve as a student coach for the Tar Heels.  Check in on Monday for my post on the issue of whether McAdoo was apprised of his right to have personal counsel in his dealings with the NCAA, which is one of the issues that McAdoo has raised in his suit.

McCann on Clemens Mistrial

Michael McCann of and Sports Law Blog has written a great piece on the mistrial declared in the trial of Roger Clemens.  McCann equates the prosecution’s mistake with an infamous fielding error from Red Sox history:

If you ever wanted to see the courtroom equivalent of the ball going under the legs of Bill Buckner in the 1986 World Series, you saw it today. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton declared a mistrial in the government’s expensive case against legendary pitcher Roger Clemens, who allegedly lied before Congress in February 2008 about using steroids and illegal performance enhancers. The mistrial does not preclude a retrial, but it sets the government’s case back considerably, if not irretrievably.

McCann also opines that Clemens will not be retried.  Click here to read the article in its entirety.

ESPN Sues Ohio State over Release of Documents

ESPN sued Ohio State in connection with its requests for information related to the NCAA investigation the led to the departure of coach Jim Tressel and Terrelle Pryor.  Christian Dennie provides a nice breakdown of the issues in his College Sports Law Blog.

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