Ex Tarheel/NBA player Rashad McCants talks about UNC Academic Fraud
Since I consider McCants a friend, it’s tough for me to comment much on this trending story so I thought I would just post the story and a few comments/responses from others that I came across.
No stranger to controversy, former North Carolina Tarheel Rashad McCants has been saying controversial things since his days at Chapel Hill. During his time with the Championship team he was quoted as saying “you are 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”
It’s been almost a decade since those days when he graced the cover of Sports Illustrated wearing the UNC uni and he’s now saying certain things that is surely going to put him and the school under a microscope again.
McCants told “Outside the Lines” that he could have been academically ineligible to play during the championship season had he not been provided the assistance. Further, he said head basketball coach Roy Williams knew about the “paper-class” system at UNC. The so-called paper classes didn’t require students to go to class; rather, students were required to submit only one term paper to receive a grade.
McCants also told “Outside the Lines” that he even made the Dean’s List in Spring 2005 despite not attending any of his four classes for which he received straight-A grades. He said advisers and tutors who worked with the basketball program steered him to take the paper classes within the African-American Studies program.
Comment from Kyle Benbow Sr
Look….If people are going to say that “student-athletes” don’t deserved to get paid because they get an education, then Colleges should be held accountable for actually providing that education. This whole UNC scandal is showing the emphasis put on athletes to perform on the field of play rather than the classroom which defeats the whole purpose the scholarship in the first place. I do think most institutions don’t cater to athletes and set them up for success and I do believe most athletes do take college seriously, but if the NCAA is going to hold the standard that an education is a value that can’t be substituted in dollar amounts, then institutions that are lowering standards to provide an education should be subject to punishments that is comparable to those who commit NCAA violations.
Comment from Mike Trout
When you like what he has to say, he’s a whistleblower. When you don’t like what he has to say, he’s a snitch.
Can we just accept that college athletic programs overpay athletic directors and coaches millions of dollars and recruit young minority students from impoverished homes, ignore their academics (in many cases) and refuse any financial compensation so they can achieve winning records to increase ticket sales and revenue?
And of course there’s only a 5% chance that these student athletes will ever go pro, or ever make money playing sports… So if a student-athlete DOESN’T get a good education, if the focus is exclusively on athletics, and the school covers up for his education, then he’s fucked. For life. As is his family.
Comment from Atuanya Antoine
I can’t stand when former athletes rat out there program what an asshole you chose not to attend those classes and take advantage of the free education they gave you now that your career has flopped u want to throw dirt at your alma mater
Comment from John Colao
I don’t understand why people think that telling the truth, no matter when, is a bad thing. He’s a snitch, she’s a snitch. Stop it. You’re getting paid to go to school and compete at the highest level. Don’t fudge your way through it. Or better yet, EDUCATORS, DO YOUR FUCKING JOB and make these kids actually attend class and participate!