UNC head basketball coach Roy Williams has released a statement in the wake of former Tar Heels star Rashad McCants claiming he took bogus course and achieved academic honors despite rarely going to class.
McCants accused Williams of knowing about academic fraud at UNC and encouraging McCants to drop classes to avoid being deemed ineligible.
“Our players have been deeply hurt over the last couple of years, and again today, by the comments and innuendo concerning their academic achievements. 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. 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.”