Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Unc Coach Denies Charge

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Unc Coach Denies Charge

Article excerpt

North Carolina coach Roy Williams denied allegations of academic wrongdoing by former player Rashad McCants connected to the school's long-running academic scandal.

In an interview with ESPN's "Outside the Lines," McCants -- the second-leading scorer on Williams' first NCAA championship team in 2005 -- says tutors wrote papers for him and that Williams knew about no-show classes popular with athletes. McCants also says Williams told him he could swap a failing grade from one class with a passing one from another to stay eligible that season.

In a statement, Williams said he did not "know about or do anything close to what" McCants alleges, and that former players would agree with him.

Sixteen players from the 2005 national championship team did so, issuing a statement that said "our personal academic experiences are not consistent with Rashad's claims."

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