Rashad McCants Admits He Should Have Been Academically Ineligible In School
Rashad McCants revealed to ESPN’s Outside the Lines that during the time he played for the University of North Carolina basketball team he took “sham” classes.
Classes that at times he never showed up himself, and had other people do his work.
North Carolina won the 2004-05 national title with McCants being a big part of that team.
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.
If it indeed rings true, this will be a big blow to one of the biggest basketball programs in the NCAA, and also bring this issue to the forefront of other big universities that may also be using this tactic to keep their players on the court.
He went on to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Sacramento Kings throughout his career.