(CBSSports.com) The North Carolina academic fraud scandal has taken another turn, with this one directly pertaining to the basketball program.
Former Tar Heels star Rashad McCants told ESPN’s Outside the Lines that he took fake classes, rarely went to his real classes and had tutors write his term papers.
McCants told them the assistance helped keep him eligible during the 2004-05 national title season. He also discusses the “paper-class” system at North Carolina, which allowed students to simply write one term paper as opposed to attending an actual class. Moreover, McCants was on the dean’s list in the spring of 2005 despite not going to class.
According to McCants, coach Roy Williams knew about it.
“I remained eligible to finish out and win the championship, his first championship, and everything was peaches and cream,” McCants told Outside the Lines.
McCants emphasized Williams and the athletic department as a whole knew “100 percent” about the paper-class system.
North Carolina beat Illinois in the 2005 NCAA title game.