On Wednesday, former member of the U.S. Justice Department, Kenneth Wainstein, released a 131-page report documenting academic fraud at the University of North Carolina, which spanned 18 years and involved 3,100 students, 47 percent of whom were student-athletes.
North Carolina head coach Roy Williams gave his first public comments about the report on Friday.
“I’m dumbfounded by everything that came out in the report this week,” Williams said, according to Andrew Carter of the News & Observer.
“It’s a very sad time for me,” Williams said. “A guy that works at the University of North Carolina, who went to school here, and was an assistant coach here. And if you cut me open, it’s the color I bleed. We made some mistakes for a long time.
“And it’s a very, very sad time for us, that we’re going through this.”
The investigation into academic fraud at Chapel Hill was reopened in June, shortly after Rashad McCants, a member of North Carolina’s 2005 national championship team appeared on Outside the Lines, detailing the “paper class” system. The former Tar Heel student-athlete claimed he was steered into bogus classes to remain eligible. While McCants recalls a meeting he had with Williams, stating that Williams advised McCants to “swap out” one class for another, the report shows no evidence Williams knew about the scheme.