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Rashad McCants says there was never a relationship between him and Roy Williams (AUDIO)

Jul 6, 2014, 2:01 PM EDT

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One month ago, former North Carolina guard Rashad McCants, a member of the 2005 national championship team, said he took phony, no-show classes at the university in order to stay academically eligible.

On Friday, McCants appeared as a guest on the SiriusXM’s College Sports Nation, hosted by Mark Packer and Houston Nutt, standing by his allegations. One of the accusations was that Roy Williams discussed swapping out a failed course — McCants failed two in the Fall 2004 semester — a summer session course during an academic meeting. Williams denied that claim. In an interview with Packer and Nutt, McCants opened up about his experience with Williams.

“It looks like the relationship is severed, but there was never really a relationship between me and Roy,” McCants said. “I was the player and he was the coach. That doesn’t mean that every player on every team is friends with their coach.”

McCants was recruited by Matt Doherty, who was fired in 2003 after McCants’ freshman season.

The former UNC standout also mentioned that his team wasn’t as close as a title-winning team would appear to be.

“We weren’t a tight-knit group,” he said. “We were a very intelligent group of guys who knew what it took to win. That’s what we knew. We knew we had to come together as a team and play together as a team and just follow the system. North Carolina has always had a system that if you play by the rules, you’ll win. And that’s evident. It had nothing to do with the tight-knit relationships, and brothers forever. It was never really that. We all had separate things we did on our own.”

McCants’ accusations have been criticized and the credibility of them questioned by former Tar Heels, but on a June 11 appearance on ESPN’s Outside the Lines, McCants challenged those doubters to reveal their transcripts. “The truth is there in the transcripts,” he added.

In another portion of the interview (not included in the 3:22 clip above) McCants says he has not spoke to the university or the NCAA, according to Andrew Carter of the News & Observer, who transcribed that answer.

“I’m still waiting on that. And UNC hasn’t reached out to me, and neither has the NCAA. But we have strategic plans in place to really make some strides and get the awareness out for the people who don’t know anything about what’s really going on.”

On June 30, the NCAA announced it would reopen an investigation of academic irregularities in the UNC athletic department.

  1. ausernamethatisavailable - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    I have no doubt he is telling the truth. I also have no doubt that almost all schools that are perennial national powers do the same thing.

  2. blueballzny - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Why is he doing this now? What is his motivation to expose UNC? I bet he’s telling the truth, but I’d like to know why he felt he needed to talk about this. By exposing UNC, he is also admitting that his degree (if he even has one) is worthless. I’d have a lot more respect for him if he’d spoken out when he was there, not 10 years later.

    • klinickal - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:16 AM

      He doesn’t have a degree as he left as a junior for the NBA, after winning an NCAA championship, however he made the dean’s list while he was on campus.

  3. ncarolinarn7 - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    I’m guessing he’s bitter about a short career. Did he save any money?? Who knows. He’s likely down to his last play and selling out the dark secrets on someone who took care of him will sell somewhere so he’s selling his soul for a last $50 spot. Once you burn those bridges no one trusts you and most likely forever on your own.

    • Joe Papp - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:35 AM

      Uhhh, maybe he’s doing it because he realizes he screwed himself by not getting a proper education and finishing his degree legitimately while the opportunity was there, and empathizes with kids who are now or will be in the same situation that he was in, and wants to warn them off that incredibly harmful path so they can save themselves and their futures…and maybe in doing so get some redemption for himself?

      It is laughable, however, that you suggest that UNC “took care of him”! Yeah, right! If they’d taken care of him, the school would’ve made sure it was not possible for student athletes to get fake grades for no work, and all student athletes would be students first, athletes second.

      Because we all know that only a fraction – a miniscule fraction – of college kids make it to pros in any sport, and even then the % earning big bucks is small – so kids in school would be better-off getting proper, complete educations than gambling their future on hoop dreams that are bogus but cultivated by very cynical athletic departments.

  4. wildogood - Jul 7, 2014 at 5:59 PM


  5. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Have his teammates revealed their transcripts?

  6. wildogood - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Hey Rah Rah let it go if they take the national championship from you than that means you will be a looser twice

  7. urmomsfriend - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    …never had a relationship with Coach Williams? Well from hearing McCants talk and reading his quotes, I highly doubt he knows what a relationship is much less how to spell the word. $310 million huh? Good luck with that.

    • Joe Papp - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:36 AM

      shoot the messenger…any chance to shoot the messenger…

  8. qonc1 - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    Yeah, Rashad didn’t have a relationship with Roy, the team mates, the professional teams and coaches he played for/with and anyone else who has had the misfortune to be around him.

    He was and is a sad case. But thanks for making the bogus claims about the money you ARE NEVER going to receive from UNC or the NCAA – you just made their investigation a little easier. One thing we always knew in Chapel Hill: When is Rashad lying?…..when his lips are moving!

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