‘Just Show Up, Play’


ESPN – Rashad McCants, the second-leading scorer on the North Carolina basketball team that won the 2004-05 national title, told ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” that tutors wrote his term papers, he rarely went to class for about half his time at UNC, and he remained able to play largely because he took bogus classes designed to keep athletes academically eligible.

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.

What a slap in the face to the University of North Carolina and more importantly to head coach Roy Williams. Why are you coming out and saying this 10 years later? Can you not appreciate all that UNC did for you. They handed you a degree, whether you earned it or not, gave you a National Championship, and made you the 14th overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. It’s not Roy’s fault you only lasted four seasons in the Association.

Lets be honest with ourselves here. This goes on at all the top programs. Yes, even Duke. UNC was just in trouble a couple of years ago because of this exact same problem. My problem with this situation is that McCants decided to call out his old school and head coach and make them look bad. Does anyone even know what happened to Rashad McCants? Is he still playing basketball anywhere? Lets remember now, he was a member of one of the worst teams to win a National Championship at the college level. And when I say that, I mean worst team to transition to the NBA level. Just take a look at their roster.

Raymond Felton, Jackie Manuel, Marvin Williams, McCants, Sean May? Felton is an overweight point guard, and Williams is averaging a little over 10 points per game in his 8 year career. Pretty sure May is playing overseas, and I am not even going to search for Manuel. McCants should be ashamed of his comments and hopes he never runs into a true Tar Heel fan.

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