More Academic Fraud Proof Surfaces at North Carolina

By DJ Byrnes on June 6, 2014 at 10:54a

It it ever good when your school is featured on an Outside the Lines segment? I'm going to say no, and Rashad McCants' appearance on the show is more proof for that line of thinking.

Look away, Tarheel fans. From Deadspin:

... McCants made the Dean's List in that championship semester of spring '05, despite never attending four of his classes. He received As in all of them.

...  A copy of McCants's transcript shows that in his classes outside Afro-American Studies, he received six Cs, one D and three Fs. In his Afro-American Studies courses, he received 10 As, six Bs, one C, and one D.

... McCants says he was steered by academic advisors to so-called "paper classes," where attendance wasn't necessary and his entire grade would be based on a single term paper at the end of the semester. He says tutors provided by the basketball program would simply write his papers for him.

Pushing athletes to easy classes is a tradition almost as old as big-time college sports. But nobody has been caught perpetrating fraud to the level North Carolina seemingly has.

And yet the NCAA has done nothing. Why? I don't know. They never even bothered to talk to faculty whistleblower Mary Willingham


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InTressITrust's picture

Man good thing UNC never traded their own rewards for tattoos.  

"I'm not going to lie. We're anxious to be a part of a matchup like that. It's two states that love the game of football." -Jim Tressel

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UrbanCulture's picture

People always forget that the main reason for the extent of the penalties was that Tressel knew about it and didn't report it.

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

And I'm sure nobody at UNC knew about all of this and just didn't report it.

Class of 2010.

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GoBucksToledo's picture

No rewards to trade...

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dubjayfootball90's picture


You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

hetuck's picture

1. When does ESPN subpoena all UNC athletic department emails for multiple years? Did Roy Williams know what was happening? Did he lie on his annual form? 2. I think back to the penalties assessed to Minnesota for academic fraud and wonder when is the hammer coming to UNC? 

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

Vince Lombardi

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ajbosu1's picture

Living in ATL I am obviously surrounded by SEC mouth breathers. But it also has allowed me to meet several UNC alumni and they are, without question, the most arrogant, self absorbed people I have come across. They actually make TTUN's fans tolerable (kind of...).

This "scandal" has done nothing to take their pious-ness down a notch. Zero humility. 

I was a fan of Roy Williams at KU. But since he has been UNC's coach he encapsulates their smugness. 

There is soooooo much smoke here that something has to come of it. Blows me away the WWL has ignored it this long. Maybe this is the turning point? But I doubt it. 

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InTressITrust's picture

I went to high school in NC and became a Duke fan.  UNC fans are some of the worst fans I have met in the nation.  Every year it is the same thing for football with them winning the ACC and every year they fail.

"I'm not going to lie. We're anxious to be a part of a matchup like that. It's two states that love the game of football." -Jim Tressel

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture


"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

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Seattle Linga's picture

I swear this cat is in the mafia with that royal stare down


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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

When is the NCAA going to frickin do something about this bullshit?

Look, it's one thing to steer athletes to easy classes...such as some easy electives that normal students might take as a senior to fill a few credit hours.  Especially if you're a basketball player that is going to end up in the NBA, and college is nothing but a means to that end.  But this "paper only" class concept for athletes where the athletes either have the paper written for them, or they turn in some grade A bullshit and get an A-, when my 6th grade English teacher would've given it an F...they might as well just call those athletes employees and pay them.


Class of 2010.

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Hovenaut's picture

Maybe we'll see this on the newstands for real.

(DISCLAIMER: I have no affiliation with SI. Or Or 3506 Lovers Lane, Kalamazoo, That State)

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cal3713's picture

Didn't this already get investigated like 3 years ago (and blew by with little media attention)?

Johnny-Shane_Utah-Falco's picture

The NCAA Is a freaking joke.

The media is a joke.

The biggest sham was the "Tat-gate scandal" and a fine man like Jim Tressel being dismissed.

The OSU "scandal" was about on a scale of 1 to 10.

Penn State's scandal was a 20 on a scale of 1 to 10.

UNC's scandal is a 9 on scale of 1 to 10.

UNC should get a postseason ban of 3 seasons to teach a lesson, won't hold my breath though.

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Crimson's picture

UNC should get a postseason ban of 3 seasons to teach a lesson

Is this a penalty for them?

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Unky Buck's picture

Wait, so what you're saying is that they're missing a lot by not going to the Russell Athletic or Military Bowl? I'll be damned. I thought those were important bowl games.

Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

Crimson's picture

We should have pulled an Indiana and skipped the Gator Bowl.

SonOfBuckeye's picture

...nobody has been caught perpetrating fraud to the level North Carolina seemingly has.


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