Former UNC guard Rashad McCants claims he took fake classes while in school and tutors wrote his term papers, according to a report from ESPN.
McCants, who played for the Tar Heels when the team won the national title in 2005, was the team’s second leading scorer. In an interview with ESPN, he said he thought the college basketball experience was “just show up and play.”
“I thought it was a part of the college experience, just like watching it on a movie from ‘He Got Game’ or ‘Blue Chips,'” McCants said. “… when you get to college, you don’t go to class, you don’t do nothing, you just show up and play. That’s exactly how it was, you know, and I think that was the tradition of college basketball, or college, period, any sport. You’re not there to get an education, though they tell you that.
McCants also said coach Roy Williams knew about the bogus classes, some of which did not require students to attend class.
“I think he knew 100 percent,” McCants said. “It’s hard for anybody not to know about the fact that we’re taking African-American Studies classes.. especially when he has his coaches checking our classes, checking our schedules and checking our grades. It’s something that was part of the program.”
In a statement to ESPN on Thursday, UNC athletics director Bubba Cunningham said:
“It is disappointing any time a student is dissatisfied with his or her experience. I welcome the opportunity to speak with Rashad McCants about returning to UNC to continue his academic career — just as we have welcomed many former student-athletes interested in completing their degrees.”
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