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North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham comments on Rashad McCants situation

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In June, former North Carolina guard Rashad McCants, a member of the team that won the 2005 national championship, went public with allegations that he took “paper classes” in order to remain eligible.

In the fall semester of 2004, McCants had failed two classes. The next semester he took four African and Afro-American Studies classes. Those classes required no attendance, only a paper at the end of the term. That spring, McCants made the Dean’s list.

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams denied the accusations. Many former Tar Heels have criticized the validity of McCants’ claims.

A month after ESPN’s Outside the Lines aired the interview, McCants said he had yet to hear from the university or the NCAA. A few days later, in a separate radio interview, he claimed he was going to receive $310 million from UNC and the NCAA.

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Those comments didn’t help McCants’ credibility, and he’s remained quiet since that radio interview. However, North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham had an interview with Andrew Carter of the News & Observer to discuss a variety of topics, including this ordeal with the former Tar Heel guard.

It was published on Friday. Here’s a portion:

AC: Rashad McCants over the summer was critical of his experience at UNC. The athletic department has tried to contact him. Have you been successful yet in reaching him?

BC: No.

AC: What’s your confidence level in the other side of McCants’ story?

BC: Well, I think we’ve provided a great experience to many, many students. And I’ve talked to a lot of the other players – I’ve talked to student-athletes in every sport that we have about their experience while they’re here – and I haven’t heard any give me the same story that I watched on television and read in the paper. They’re all very proud of their experience.

On June 30, the NCAA informed Cunningham that it would reopen the academic fraud investigation from 2012, in light of new allegations. Cunningham says investigators have been on campus conducting interviews since making the announcement.

This was part of a two part Q-&-A with the third-year athletic director: Part 1 | Part 2

North Carolina AD releases statement in support of Roy Williams

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North Carolina Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham issued another statement on Tuesday regarding the accusations made by former Tar Heel guard Rashad McCants.

On Friday, an interview that McCants gave to Outside The Lines was published. In that interview, McCants claimed that Roy Williams knew about academic impropriety at North Carolina. McCants claimed that it was Williams that setup no-show classes in the Afro-American Studies department that allowed McCants to remain eligible to play basketball.

Williams responded to the claims in a 35-minute interview with Jay Bilas of ESPN.com and, on Friday, Cunningham made a joint statement with Williams denying the accusations.

On Tuesday, Cunningham reiterated that stance.

“Since Friday, there have been conversations inside and outside the Carolina Community about Roy Williams and Carolina Basketball,” Cunningham said. “I am proud to see the outpouring of support from former players and the basketball community at large, which reinforces the respect, integrity and care of student-athletes that Coach Williams ahas shown throughout his career. Current and former players from across the country have told me that Coach Williams and his staff have always place a priority on self-accountability inside the classroom. I have witness this myself.”

“Everyone here at Carolina wants to know all we can about past academic and athletic anomalies. But speculation and innuendo should not replace the independent investigation currently being conducted by former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein. We must allow his work to be complete and thorough.”

Keep in mind while you read these denials: the Raleigh News & Observer, reporting facts dug up by whistleblower Mary Willingham, has found that “five members of [the 2005 national title-winning] team, including at least four key players, accounted for a combined 39 enrollments in classes that have been identified as confirmed or suspected lecture classes that never met”:

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North Carolina can deny as much as they want, but the data is damning.