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

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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.

Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament chances take a major blow in loss to No. 16 SMU

SMU guard Nic Moore (11) shoots over Gonzaga forward Kyle Wiltjer (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
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Nic Moore scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half and added 11 assists as No. 16 SMU knocked off Gonzaga in Moody Coliseum on Saturday night, 69-60.

The Zags got 20 points and 16 boards from Domantas Sabonis, but Kyle Wiltjer scored just four points and shot 2-for-17 from the floor.

It wasn’t pretty.

And it may have been the end of Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament hopes.

Entering Saturday, the Zags had an RPI in the mid-60s, enough to keep them in the bubble conversation but not enough to make them anything more than a team that will be projected to end up on the cut-line.

The issue is a complete lack of quality wins on their résumé. Gonzaga beat UConn in the Bahamas. That’s a borderline top 50 win. They beat Washington, another borderline top 50 win. Beyond that? They swept Pepperdine, beat Tennessee and own a win over Montana. None of those are top 100 wins, and that’s why the SMU game was such a big deal. The Mustangs are a top 25 team. This was a road game. This win was the kind of thing that the Zags could pin at the top of their profile.

But Wiltjer didn’t show up, the Zags had no answer for Moore and they’ll head back to Spokane needing, in all likelihood, to win the WCC’s automatic bid if they want to dance.

POSTERIZED: Cal’s Jaylen Brown has his dunk contest entry

California's Jaylen Brown lays up a shot against Oregon State in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Cal picked up a big win over Oregon State in Haas Pavilion on Saturday night, and the exclamation point was this emphatic dunk from Jaylen Brown: