KRT SPORTS STORY SLUGGED: FINALFOUR KRT PHOTOGRAPH BY PATRICK SCHNEIDER/CHARLOTTE OBSERVER (April 4) ST. LOUIS, MO-- North Carolina's Rashad McCants, left, and Quentin Thomas, right, hug on the court as the North Carolina Tar Heels beat the Illinois Fighting Illini 75-70 in the Men's 2005 NCAA championship game in St. Louis, Missouri, Monday, April 4, 2005. (lde) 2005 Library Tag 04052005 Sports
North Carolina's Rashad McCants, left, and Quentin Thomas, in 2005.
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Rasdhad McCants, who won a national championship with the Tar Heels while attending the University of North Carolina in 2005, told ESPN’s Outside the Lines he took bogus classes and had tutors write his term papers for him, among other allegations of lax academic standards at the school.

McCants told Outside the Lines he could have been ineligible to play during his team’s championship season had it not been for the assistance from the school. He describes a “paper-class” system, classes which “didn’t require students to go to class; rather, students were required to submit only one term paper to receive a grade.” Tar Heels coach Roy Williams knew about the system, according to McCants. From the story:

"I thought it was a part of the college experience, just like watching it on a movie from 'He Got Game' or 'Blue Chips,'" McCants said. "... when you get to college, you don't go to class, you don't do nothing, you just show up and play. That's exactly how it was, you know, and I think that was the tradition of college basketball, or college, period, any sport. You're not there to get an education, though they tell you that. "You're there to make revenue for the college. You're there to put fans in the seats. You're there to bring prestige to the university by winning games."

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Williams denied the accusations Friday in a statement.

"I strongly disagree with what Rashad (McCants) has said. In no way did I know about or do anything close to what he says and I think the players whom I have coached over the years will agree with me. I have spent 63 years on this earth trying to do things the right way and the picture he portrays is not fair to the University or me."

In 2011, theRaleigh (N.C.) News & Observer began to report about widespread academic fraud at UNC. The football team has been sanctioned for misconduct involving a tutor and improper benefits, but North Carolina has largely avoided further penalties.

McCants averaged 16 points per game during the 2004-05 season. He said he made the dean’s list for the spring 2005 semester without attending any of his four classes, for which he received straight A’s.