Ex-UNC guard Rashad McCants says he took fake classes, tutors wrote papers

Credit: ESPN / Outside the Lines

Credit: ESPN / Outside the Lines

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.”

Read more: UNC’s McCants: ‘Just show up, play’

16 comments

  • Hungry Hippo

    haha….about time somebody came out and made it known whats really going on at UNC! Hope more players will come forward and admit their guilt and alumni and all pay for their stuff. Time to shut down UNC Basketball!!!!

      • Hungry Hippo

        Not at all Hoochie…but they are a school who has been thrown out in the dirt before and somehow got away with it and so much was covered up, so now I am glad its an actual player who has come out. Other schools do it too, I know that for a fact, but about time UNC pays the piper and finally have some truth behind all of those allegations that have been covered up for so many years!

  • STephen

    If they change this and make all of the athletes actually attend classes like everyone else, there will be no NCAA Football or Basketball teams left.

  • Frank

    Yeah, ungrateful. He should toe the unx line like all the party faithful, right? You know, protect the “brand” at all costs. No matter that you have to lie, CHeat & corrupt your character to do so.

    Mary Willingham warned unx when they tried to discredit her research. The gun just came out at the knife fight.

    • NRA4EVER

      Oh yes, frank. you are just a jealous hater. you are gullible if you find mccants a reliable source. go ahead, rush to judgement, troll

  • Amy

    And for what reason is this coming out now 9yrs.later? Stuff like this coming out YEARS after it happens just don’t make any sense!!

  • Frank

    AHH yes, the light blue faithful with the head-in-the-blue-sand comments! I find a continuous stream of information coming from unc CHeat for 3 straight years (not 9, learn to count at unx?) very reliable. But, there is plenty of sand for you! BusinessWeek, the NY Times and more publications than I care to mention here agree with me.
    The hater, troll, misinformed, already been covered comments have really been a great defense for the hole. Deny, deflect and spin. It’s the carolina way!

  • Donald Kinlaw

    its well known that mccants hated roy williams an he seen his chance to get him so now he is taking it…..McCants is a spoiled brat that didnt like the fact that roy benched him cause of his play he thin ks he was too good an was nothi ng but a average player that in his mind was better than the team…..check out his nba record lol…….he never put in the effort an now wants to get even …………………

    • PeteandCarrie Hutchens

      Also well known his Jersey Hangs up in the rafters. You Heel Fans kill me, you want to take advantage of these Men until they get off the Plantation so to speak….. So now McCants, joins the Professor and Cheesecake and they all are liars ?? Keep drinking the Blue Kool Aide.

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