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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.