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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A former Tar Heel football player won’t get to take his lawsuit against the University of North Carolina to trial.

The North Carolina Court of Appeals on Tuesday affirmed a lower court ruling that dismissed a lawsuit by Michael McAdoo in 2011. The NCAA declared McAdoo permanently ineligible to play college football for receiving improper benefits from a prospective sports agent.

McAdoo said his right to due process was violated when he was disqualified from college athletics for a separate infraction, an NCAA ruling that he improperly benefited from a tutor’s help on term papers in three courses.

The three-judge appeals panel ruled unanimously that McAdoo had no valid claim for financial damages because he achieved his goal of playing professional football. He is a linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens.

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