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Rashad McCants says he took sham courses at UNC

Former North Carolina shooting guard Rashad McCants, a star on the Tar Heels' 2005 championship squad, says he often took sham courses and rarely attended class during his time at the university, according to a report from ESPN's Outside the Lines.

The latest in an ongoing scandal at UNC that's included dozens of revelations, McCants' comments detail the "paper-class" system often used by student-athletes at the school, his own academic issues and apparent knowledge of the situation by legendary head coach Roy Williams. Many of the claims match previous allegations concerning the school's academic standards for student-athletes, which began with reports from ESPN and the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer a couple years ago. Since then, the details have only piled on. However, when McCants arrived at UNC back in 2002, he says taking courses designed to pass student-athletes was business as usual. Among these were "paper-classes," or courses that required no attendance and a single term paper in order to pass. "I thought it was a part of the college experience, just like watching it on a movie from 'He Got Game' or 'Blue Chips,'" McCants said.

"... when you get to college, you don't go to class, you don't do nothing, you just show up and play. That's exactly how it was, you know, and I think that was the tradition of college basketball, or college, period, any sport. You're not there to get an education, though they tell you that. "You're there to make revenue for the college. You're there to put fans in the seats. You're there to bring prestige to the university by winning games."

McCants says he was directed towards taking "paper-classes" in African-American studies while at the university and, according to documents obtained by ESPN, the former hoopster's grades were significantly better in those courses than others. This matches previous claims from other former athletes and anonymous sources, many of whom detailed similar experiences with sham classes at UNC. Now 29 years old, McCants even says his NCAA eligibility came into question at one point before the university provided assistance, placing him into courses in African-American studies that ensured high grades. He ended up with straight-As, and says coach Williams clearly knew how this system worked.

"I mean, you have to know about the education of your players and ... who's eligible, who's not and ... who goes to this class and missing that class. We had to run sprints for missing classes if we got caught, so you know, they were very aware of what was going on." The information regarding Williams' knowledge could have interesting implications going forward given the head coach remains in Chapel Hill. While we haven't heard any word from Williams yet concerning the situation, it's the latest mark against one of college sports' top institutions. Responding to the allegations, UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham provided a statement on Thursday: It is disappointing any time a student is dissatisfied with his or her experience.

I welcome the opportunity to speak with Rashad McCants about returning to UNC to continue his academic career -- just as we have welcomed many former student-athletes interested in completing their degrees. Cunningham also says that UNC hired former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein in January to independently investigate the allegations, which have now covered both the football and basketball programs over a period of several years. The results of that investigation remain undetermined. McCants, a former first-round NBA draft pick, was originally recruited to Chapel Hill by first-year coach Matt Doherty, who lasted just one year with the school before being replaced by Williams. After a failed NBA career, he's bounced around foreign leagues and the D-League, most recently playing for Uberlândia in Brazil.

http://www.sbnation.com/college-basketball/2014/6/6/5785604/rashad-mccan...


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tough to believe Rashad

tough to believe Rashad McCants, but the story does seem very likely

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It's a sad day for North

It's a sad day for North Carolina basketball when Rashad McCants an NBA dropout who played a bisexual pimp alongside &$#%#[email protected]!stars in some movie is calling out North Carolina on their academic misconduct...

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Why do you have to attack his character like that?

I understand that's your program and he's snitching, but it's the truth. It's sad that other programs get hit, so much by the NCAA and UNC's basketball team has yet to take any penalty. Especially, with players and faculty stepping forward. That's bad... That's a huge issue, at this point you shouldn't disrespect McCants. Disrespect that coach of yours for knowing what's going on. Disrespect the entire NCAA for the lies of "Student-Athlete".

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they should be forced to

they should be forced to forfeit their 2005 title.

take the banner away.

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GET EM! I'm too soft to call

GET EM! I'm too soft to call for title stripping. I felt bad for Memphis when they lost their Finalist title back in the DRose days. But honestly, this UNC situation is worse than what Memphis had going on.

I think since UNC is known for academic rigor ppl are hesistant to beleive this stuff.

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Anyone remember Jim Harrick

Anyone remember Jim Harrick Jr.'s tests for the class he taught at Georgia? It featured such challenging questions as, "How many halves are played in a basketball game?" and "How many points is a 3-pointer worth?"

Or Andy Katzenmoyer's rigorous academic prowess? He was famous for taking AIDS awareness and golf at Ohio State.

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Why do guys suddenly develop

Why do guys suddenly develop a sense of right and wrong AFTER they benefit from the wrong and can no longer be penalized? McCants is essentially blaming the university for his own laziness. He had the opportunity to choose whatever classes he wanted. He made the choice to underachieve and not go to class. You can't do those things and then point the finger at the school you attended like it's all their fault. Yes, they were wrong for covering for him, but he has to take some personal responsibility for how his college experience turned out.

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Because your playing ball at

Because your playing ball at a major D 1 university living the life, partying, girls, relaxing, and basketball. When your in the moment and get to do all those things and not worry about school? I'm not surprised by it tho, its going on at a lot of D1 schools in both football and basketball

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He Sn........ NVM

He Sn........ NVM

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McCants

Made the UNC deans list. That is hilarious. Also the Athletic Directors comments could not sound any more hollow.

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???

I can't believe this news is such a shocker... I thought it was an accepted fact that this kind of things happens at most universities. Even I knew about a lot of the fake courses only athletes were allowed to take at Kent State like "Football Coaching" and "Lifting".

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NCAA

NCAA let a young dude get paid!!! nuff said

Allow them to get paid for being an actual STUDENT athelete. Give them contracts that requires them to attend courses and maintain a decent GPA so there is an incentive to go to class. If not why go when im likely to make millions and will only be here for a year and my primary focus is to be the best athlete I can. Why not shortcut the system when they shortcut me and make millions off of me and I cant even profit from signing my name on my jersey without getting into trouble.

Sorry for the tangent....just my thoughts.

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He's a f#€k1n

Rat. Hate this dude.

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telling

The news isnt shocking whats shocking is McCants telling. He's turning his back on his teammates his universtiy and his coach ( even if Roy didnt Recruit him). Honestly this dude lived my dream sitution he went to school for free didnt have to go to class or do work to get good grades. got to play a sport he loved won a national championship, and im sure took advantage of all the perks of being a big time college athlethe. to come back 9 years later and act like he grew a conscience and wants to some how right these wrongs is nonsense. hes no longer in the NBA so hes trying to get his name back into the main stream by bring up stories from the last time he was relavent. sucker move by McCants talking bout he wants to write a book...

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First off, if any of you

First off, if any of you follow UNC basketball and have in's with the program know that this guy was a nutcase in college, and that Roy stuck his neck on the chopping block big time. He vouched for him time and time again in the draft process etc. He has a chemical imbalance. If this was coming from Sean May, then I would pay attention, but while in college McCants stated the following:

"To get up, go to school, get in here, lift weights and play basketball. That's my 9 to 5," McCants said. "As my uncle said, I'm in jail right now. You're not allowed to do certain things. You're not allowed to say certain things, but once you get out of jail, you're free. (I'm) in my sentence and I'm doing my time."

So which is it??? Was UNC like a prison when you said that in college or was it all fun and games like you say now? What a waste of a talent (I to this day think that if he could have figured it out he'd be a top 10 SG in the league now).

The guy is unemployed, angry, and even has his college rivals calling him out. Julius Hodge (former NCSU star) tweeted the following:

As much as I delight in minimal anguish for UNC.. This dude McCants is a certified "nut job". Anyone who knows him know that

They were teammates in Puerto Rico.

What this is, is a pansy candy ass that won't own up to his own mistakes. It was Roy's fault he didn't make it in the NBA, or heck even Chinese Basketball leagues. He's unemployed and looking for attention for his new book.

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Now had Sean May, Jawad Williams, Raymond Felton, Marvin Williams, etc come out and say something, then I'd pay attention. This is a marketing ploy and a last gasp for life in his dissapointing career.

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This sounds exactly like the

This sounds exactly like the argument against Jose canseco when he came forward that steroids were rampant in baseball.

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@ncballer

you were spot on with everything you said. a lot of what I was going to post. this guy was as talented as they come and was ousted from the league not because of skill but because of his bi-polar tendencies. I posted a good read on him a few years back...here

http://nbadraft.net/forum/blackballed-employment

why McCants? why not anyone of his other teammates throughout his 3 years at UNC? also....every major college has these courses. I am not going to say who but a know an NBA player who hasnt been in the league 5 years and I know his academic situation from HS and I know that he rarely went to class while he was in college. he at least knows to keep his mouth shut and not play like he is some victim here. this is about McCants not having anything going on. he wasnt saying all this when he was making millions and running around with Kardashians.

I am just not cool with snitching about something you benefitted from. he said "I BELIEVE he (Roy) knew" but never gave any concrete evidence. so why even put that out there if you dont KNOW for sure that he knew. I dont see how this guy can look himself in a mirror with these &$#%#[email protected]!made tactics

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Sad really what a waste of a

Sad really what a waste of a career he had. It must suck to be him and watch players that possess maybe 1/6 of his talent at his possession succeed. That same summer before the championship he tried out for the u21 usa basketball team. I had a source there that said he was far and away the best player at the tryout. That team had Chris Paul as their PG, and no Rashad McCants on it. Apparently he treated everyone there like garbage, complained about the food and just made it a nightmare for the coaches that they cut him. In an interview before the cut he proceeded to throw Raymond Felton under the bus by saying that CP3 was the best PG he'd played with. Way to show confidence in your backcourt mate, I am sure that was good for team chemistry. He gave Roy hell at the final four, and Roy still vouched for him in the draft process. It's a miracle UNC won the championship that year.

My point being is that he is all about himself. He has a history of throwing his teammates, coaches etc under the bus and hasn't learned a damn thing from his mistakes. His motive for this is to purely promote his pitiful book where he "tells all". He's completly broke, not where he wants to be and grasping for attention and life to his pitiful, useless career.

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Personally, I went back to

Personally, I went back to school to watch Derrick Rose play basketball. I wasn't on some "academic journey of self discovery".

In the 2008 Spring Semester when I was on campus, I saw Derrick Rose (and CDR) once. Then UNC lost a few days later, and we were the number one team in the country within a week. Didn't see D Rose again. lol

Another time I was at U of M for summer school to retake a math class (for basically the third time). I was relieved when I saw a Memphis Tigers basketball player in the same class. That was a good omen. I passed the class.

These easy classes exist, and I guess easier versions of hard classes exist too. Otherwise a HUGE number of college students would fail to graduate (it is already really bad at most schools).

Some of these classes? They aren't exactly "rocket surgery". lol

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What sucks about the whole

What sucks about the whole thing is that Mccants missed out on a great opportunity to learn enlightening information while at a stellar institution like UNC. Royce White although a little ecletic, grew from college and learned so much from it. The ability to learn something that many people will never be exposed to is something that should be highly valued. It will be interesting to see how the NCAA handles this situation and the investigation.

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Do people learn a lot from

Do people learn a lot from prison? Because that is what he referred to UNC as when he was there. He is playin the victim when the blame should all be on himself.

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Why does UNC offer these sham

Why does UNC offer these sham courses in the first place? Not just athletes signed up for these classes.

A couple of easy classes here and there is par for the course. Some of these MAJORS are dubious though.

You can't fault players for taking classes that NORMAL STUDENTS take. If the class is such a joke, or if the major is such a joke, quit offering it! So, is UNC stealing money from kids (students AND athletes) to artificially prop up their graduation rates? Ok, it is not just UNC that is doing this, it is just that UNC acts like it always takes the high road.

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Not just athletes signed up,

Not just athletes signed up, but clearly those were created in order to allow an easier academic eligibility. UNC shouldn't be blamed for something that a lot of other schools are doing. For those interested in the matter, there's a documentary called "Schooled" which talks about the exploitation of student-athletes and also about this fake classes.

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Not really sure what McCants

Not really sure what McCants agenda is. I think it's highly questionable of him to throw his school and his teammates under the bus like this. Grow up dude. You have nothing to gain from leaking this information. All you are doing is alienating your former teammates and making problems for your former school, who by the way gave you a full scholarship to play basketball.

Another thing. This happens at every single D-1 school. Obviously not all these athletes are smart enough to take on a full course load at a major university. It's a shame that schools resort to this. But the reason it happens is all about that $$$$. The better your program is at major sports like football and basketball, the more money your school is going to make. So obviously these schools are going to do corrupt sh*t like this to keep there stars on the field/court. NCAA athletics and the governing body are about as corrupt as anything out there.

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i dont know what mccants's

i dont know what mccants's agenda is. But maybe we are too quick to judge. What if, as an adult, he honestly now sees a problem with the way the system works in a way he didnt understand as a kid and wants to see change? Im not naieve, im aware this goes on at many colleges and im aware there is a good chance mccants is just bitter and wants to make headlines and ruffle feathers. But regardless of reason, i dont see a problem with someone deciding they want to speak their mind on something they view as wrong. It's one thing to take easy classes and barely maintain a c average and just get by so you can remain eligible. It's another thing to get A's for classes you skip and have tutors write your papers for you.

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....because... dont be that

....because...

dont be that guy. thats all. we know if Rashad was in the league now making millions he wouldnt be out here running his mouth off. he was already a maligned former NBA player and Tarheel, now he will be a disgraced one. He shouldve saved his money. Without UNC he wouldnt have gotten the opportunities he did in the first place. He couldve went to another school but he wouldve sought out the same treatment. Dont say when you were 18 you didnt know it was wrong...which is exactly what he said. A 5 year old knows its wrong to not go to class and get graded as if you did and also to have someone else do your work for you. If he didnt know it was wrong, why wasnt he going around bragging about it when it was happening? His choice of words were poorly chosen in those interviews. Some conjecture....mixed with bullchit. Out of ALL the players that played under Roy Williams...it has to be him to come out...the least credible and most embattled.

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im not sure he ever used the

im not sure he ever used the words " i didnt know it was wrong". But how people feel about these things might change from being 18-22 to being 28-32. A lot happens in that time frame and maybe now he realizes that the syustem needs change. I just dont like the argument that if you were okay with something at a young age then you cant change your views once your older and speak out about the system.

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that wasnt the argument I was

that wasnt the argument I was making. absolutely people can change and mature over the years.....mostly everyone does in some form or fashion. and things we did as kids we wont do again. this is about McCants ONLY though. his motives are different. he cant be trusted.

his exact words were "it was a natural flow, it wasnt anything ANYONE thought was wrong. WE thought it was part of the tradition" that's the statement I am referring too.

this next thought I have is a far cry from this but....I have a problem with people who were molested in the church coming out 20-30 years later against their accusers. do you know how many boys have been been molested during that span??? again, no where near as serious....but McCants had plenty of opportunity to speak out against this, but he is at a dead end and needs to sell his book at all costs.

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