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North Carolina head coach Roy Williams responds to Rashad McCants’ allegations

Jun 6, 2014, 12:45 PM EDT

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A couple hours after it was reported that former North Carolina guard Rashad McCants admitted to taking phony classes in order to remain eligible for competition while in college, head coach Roy Williams denied any wrongdoing on his part. Among McCants’ statements was his assertion that Williams knew about the courses, some of which required nothing more than a single term paper (attendance wasn’t required) in order to be completed.

In a statement released by North Carolina, Williams had the following to say about McCants’ claims:

“Our players have been deeply hurt over the last couple of years, and again today, by the comments and innuendo concerning their academic achievements,” Williams said. “The young men who accepted scholarships to play basketball at this University have done so expecting a world-class basketball experience, in addition to a world-class education. Obviously, we pride ourselves on being one of the top basketball programs in the country, but equally important, in helping our players grow academically and socially, as we promised their parents we would.

“Our student-athletes understand the value of a degree from the University of North Carolina and accept their academic responsibilities in earning that degree,” Williams continued. “They take seriously their efforts to, in some cases, become the first member of their families to graduate from college.

“I love them for all they have meant to UNC and to me, and I will continue to believe in and support them.

“With respect to the comments made today, I strongly disagree with what Rashad (McCants) has said. In no way did I know about or do anything close to what he says and I think the players whom I have coached over the years will agree with me. I have spent 63 years on this earth trying to do things the right way and the picture he portrays is not fair to the University or me.”

In the hours following the McCants story released by ESPN’s Outside the Lines many former Tar Heel players have rushed to defend their school, and even some athletes who played against North Carolina have questions McCants’ motivation for making these claims. According to the Outside the Lines report, McCants plans to write a book about his basketball career in the near future.

  1. musketmaniac - Jun 6, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    I bet the stain goes all the way back to that p.o.s. Dean Smith

    • kpbb56 - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:37 PM

      @ musketmaniac First of all you have nothing to prove what you are saying and in the grand scheme of things you are a worthless POS for even saying anything like that

  2. oggie87 - Jun 6, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    let’s see – Dean Smith coached a major college basketball program, the US Men’s National team – his teams won 879 games (4th in history), had a 96% graduation rate, had 27 consecutive 20-win season (30 total), won a gold medal, won 2 national championships, appeared in the final 4 10 times, won 13 ACC tourneys – 4 times he was named national coach of the year, 9 times he was named ACC coach of the year, and has been inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame – he is one of only three coaches to win a national title, an NIT and an Olympic gold medal -this is but a short list – what have you done musketmaniac?

    • ku62 - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:11 PM

      The man is a hell of a good coach – but what has that to do with the academic fraud question?

  3. seanb20124 - Jun 6, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Many top level ballers probably would not be accepted to university if not for bball.

  4. eugenesaxe1 - Jun 6, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    “McCants plans to write a book about his basketball career in the near future.”

    What career?
    Book? Maybe a pamphlet.

    • ranfan12 - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:28 PM

      A tutor will be writing that for him too of course

      • ku62 - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:15 PM

        I certainly hope someone claiming the university failed to educate him is an anathema to any self-respecting publisher.

  5. kantnockdahustle89 - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Soooo there are no penalties for this? How much more evidence do you need that UNC has violated tons of rules for multiple sports and multiple years? I’m just so baffled by this.

    • ku62 - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:22 PM

      You must think anything which reinforces your disdain for a particular school automatically qualifies as “evidence” just because it titillates yourself to say so.

      Hustle I can admire, but I sure as hell CAN knock your post as immature diaper refuse.

  6. jjohnb5393 - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    It’s somehow John Caliparis fault :)

  7. musketmaniac - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Testy, maybe you people should cut my tongue out, break my fingers.

  8. musketmaniac - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    and oggie, I did stay in a holiday inn express last night.

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