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Roy Williams discusses Rashad McCants’ allegations in an interview with Jay Bilas

Jun 8, 2014, 1:05 PM EDT

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On Friday, Rashad McCants, a key piece to North Carolina’s 2005 national championship team, dropped heavy allegations that he took bogus, no-show classes to remain eligible.

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams released a statement later that day, denying McCants’ accusations. The following day, he sat down with ESPN analyst Jay Bilas for a 35-minute interview for Outside the Lines where Williams specifically addressed McCants’ claims.

McCants failed half of his classes in the Fall 2004 semester, but received straight A’s and earned Dean’s List honors the following semester. The Tar Heels won the NCAA tournament during his academic turnaround.

That spring, McCants took four African Americans Studies (AFAM) courses, which known as “paper class” system, which required no attendance and just one paper handed in at the end of the term. McCants’ claimed Williams knew about these no-show classes.

“I thought that meant that a class was on paper but it didn’t really exist, and then come to find out people are using that terminology ‘paper classes’ to signify independent study courses that you do papers,” Williams said. “… I’ve been told by people that some of those are really, really good. It shows a lot of discipline because you’re self-directed. If my players took independent study courses that were offered by this university for a reason that the university thought they were valuable, my players, if they took those courses, did the work, and I’m proud of that part of it.”

Another one of McCants’ allegations against his former coach was that Williams helped steer him into these courses after learning McCants’ was close to becoming academically ineligible. Williams refuted that accusation.

“I don’t have any idea what swapping out would be,” Williams told Bilas, referring to the phrase McCants’ claimed Williams used. “That’s not in my vocabulary. You can’t take a course and get another one thrown out at the college level. All of your courses count. So I know I would not have that kind of conversation. I don’t know what swapping out means, and I have never suggested that anybody take any course.”

Williams has been the head coach of his alma mater since 2003. McCants played three seasons for the Tar Heels. He went on to play four seasons in the NBA before bouncing around in leagues overseas.

  1. papichulo55 - Jun 8, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Cupcake Courses exist at any major university. Many Pre-Med, Pre-Law and Engineering students take advantage of these to build up their GPA to help Post Graduate Admissions. I took a few myself. It was a common practice to seek out your jock friends to see their list of courses, supplied by their coaches. Many of us went on to become doctors, lawyers, CIO, Wall Streeters and professional athletes.

    McCants is the worst. He is very fortunate to have North Carolina on his basketball resume. His life must really be in the toilet to do what he is doing. I’ll pray for him.

  2. psly2124 - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Williams is full of it. They players take correspondence courses because they don’t show up and someone else writes the poet for them. Simple. And another thing to rise g.p.a. Is if someone failed a course, taking the same course with a friendly professor, higher grade counts. This stuff has been going on for 30 years. Professors that allow football and basketball players just write that on there test and get an a- or a b in the course.

  3. psly2124 - Jun 8, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    I’ve had courses at a major university where professors would leave the room, knowing there were athletes in the room. Athletes would then hand there test to certain students and trade test. The athletes would obviously not be filled out

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:36 PM

      And by the way you wrote your response on here, you must have been one of the athletes at that school too…

  4. montrealknowledge - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    Tough comment… True though.

  5. 6stn - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Sounds like a lot of former Tar Heels actually majored in Academic Probation.

  6. sportfan2 - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    This is not new news, been going on for years and years. Williams is a liar.

    • lorentrooki - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      You are right sportfan2, this has in fact been going on forever! To be fair though, it has been going on at almost every school that plays football. To call a man a lair is not cool though. ABC fans are so lame in their HATE for a school that is no different from their own schools.

  7. jbq2 - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    “Swapping out” is not exactly a ghetto term. McCants obviously would not even know what that meant For McCants to use it, it would have to come from an insider. Odds are that it was Williams. The enclosed photo makes Williams look pretty sleazy.

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