Rashad McCants Discusses Alleged Academic Fraud During Time at North Carolina
By Mike Chiari
The University of North Carolina's men's basketball team has been a perennial championship contender under head coach Roy Williams, but former Tar Heels star and NBA player RashadMcCants claims the school didn't play by the rules academically.
According to Steve Delsohn of ESPN.com, academic fraud helped keepMcCants eligible and allowed him to be a huge part of North Carolina's national championship team in 2004-05. A 6'4" shooting guard, McCants averaged 16.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game that year.
He told Delsohn that he benefited from tutors writing papers for him and a "paper-class" system that didn't require students to attend classes within the African-American Studies program.
I thought it was a part of the college experience, just like watching it on a movie from 'He Got Game' or 'Blue Chips.' ... 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 also claims that Williams helped him swap a class from his summer session with one that he was failing in order to remain eligible. He also believes that Williams and the rest of the athletic department were "100 percent" aware of the fraud that occurred.\
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