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CHAPEL HILL - Rashad McCants said last week that he didn't attend class, that tutors wrote his papers and that coach Roy Williams was aware of what was happening during his final semester in 2005, when North Carolina won the men's basketball national championship.

Following five days of backlash from Williams and former teammates, McCants appeared on ESPN Wednesday and essentially doubled down on his accusations.

To Williams, who denied knowing anything about McCants' experiences with no-show classes, McCants said: "Maybe he's getting a little old."

And to the other 16 members of the 2004-05 team, who collectively put out a statement defending Williams and stating that they all attended classes and did their own work, McCants said: "Show your transcripts."

McCants's transcript, which he gave to ESPN, shows that the shooting guard took four classes in the Afro and African-American Studies Department during the 2005 spring semester and received an A-minus in each course. He took four classes the previous fall, receiving A's in the two AFAM courses and F's in the two non-AFAM courses.

"If you want to find the truth, the truth is there in the transcripts," McCants said.

McCants said that other players were also involved in the fraud, though he wouldn't say whom.

"I'm not going to name names because it's irrelevant," McCants said. "These guys are here to protect Roy and his legacy, and I'm here to protect the student athletes."

Athletic director Bubba Cunningham and chancellor Carol Folt both released statements on Tuesday that recommended McCants speak to Kenneth Wainstein. The former federal prosecutor is investigating the rampant fraud in UNC's AFAM department, which the university has previously acknowledged was filled with classes that did not meet and only required a term paper.

In the interview with ESPN's Andy Katz on Wednesday, McCants did not directly address whether he would meet with Wainstein, who is expecting to release his public report this summer.

McCants said that Williams "100 percent" knew about the no-show classes in the AFAM Department, which McCants said was used to keep players eligible. But in his one interview since the allegations, Williams told ESPN on Saturday that he was shocked to hear about McCants's experience.

Wearing a t-shirt that said "protect student athletes" and "N$AA," McCants said Wednesday that Williams shouldn't be the only person from the university to respond to the accusations, since it was more of an academic issue than an athletic one. Still, McCants said that Williams should step up and take responsibility for what happened.

"Well Roy, you didn't know about any of these things, how are you being paid millions of dollars to be a college coach?" McCants said. "How is it that you're not accountable for what your players do off the floor?"

 

June 13, 2014

 

 
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