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Fri Jun 6, 2014, 11:41 AM

Ex College Basketball Star Got on Dean's List Without Attending Class

Source: Huff Post/ espn.go.com

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.


Read more: http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/11036924/former-north-carolina-basketball-star-rashad-mccants-says-took-sham-classes



Something many assumed, but this person has let the truth out of the bag...Let's see what happens...

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Reply Ex College Basketball Star Got on Dean's List Without Attending Class (Original post)
Stuart G Jun 2014 OP
niyad Jun 2014 #1
cosmicone Jun 2014 #2
Stuart G Jun 2014 #11
XemaSab Jun 2014 #3
melm00se Jun 2014 #7
JeffHead Jun 2014 #4
Strelnikov_ Jun 2014 #8
dbackjon Jun 2014 #17
iandhr Jun 2014 #5
KansDem Jun 2014 #6
1000words Jun 2014 #9
BrotherIvan Jun 2014 #10
sevenity Jun 2014 #12
Stuart G Jun 2014 #13
melm00se Jun 2014 #14
Mosby Jun 2014 #19
Deuce Jun 2014 #15
dbackjon Jun 2014 #16
MFrohike Jun 2014 #18
tabasco Jun 2014 #20
MFrohike Jun 2014 #22
WhoWoodaKnew Jun 2014 #21
alp227 Jun 2014 #23
alcibiades_mystery Jun 2014 #24
TexasTowelie Jun 2014 #25
blueridge3210 Jun 2014 #26

Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Fri Jun 6, 2014, 11:50 AM

1. I am reminded of a story I heard years ago. some big football star, who had, presumably,

graduated from college, was being given a tour of some college where he was going to be giving a speech. the story goes that he was shown into a classroom, and said, "oh, so this is what they look like".

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Fri Jun 6, 2014, 11:55 AM

2. This also explains why a lot of jocks are functionally illiterate. n/t

 

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Response to cosmicone (Reply #2)

Fri Jun 6, 2014, 03:15 PM

11. Good Point..functionally illiterate, but this player has broken an unspoken rule.

"Never talk about not going to class or not having to do anything."

I wonder how far this will go, given all the money involved, especially TV ratings and games. I thought this would be something very big, now, I think there will not be much news about this...$$$$$$$..that is why..

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Fri Jun 6, 2014, 11:58 AM

3. I'm shocked that people in the black studies department went along with this

Whoever approved this needs to be fired.

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Response to XemaSab (Reply #3)

Fri Jun 6, 2014, 12:12 PM

7. the problem was that

at least one professor from that department was complicit in academic fraud (as it related to football players) and indicted:

http://www.wral.com/former-unc-chapel-hill-professor-indicted-in-academic-scandal/13172648/

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Fri Jun 6, 2014, 12:02 PM

4. So when is Illinois declared 2005 national men's basketball champs?

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Response to JeffHead (Reply #4)

Fri Jun 6, 2014, 12:25 PM

8. Ha, beat me to it!

That game was painful.

May . . . ass bump . . . ass bump . . . ass bump . . . shoot.

Augie . . . brush the opponent . . . foul.

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Response to JeffHead (Reply #4)

Fri Jun 6, 2014, 04:59 PM

17. They earned it

 

Refs stole the game then, now more proof

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Fri Jun 6, 2014, 12:10 PM

5. The truth wasn't all ready out of the bag?

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Fri Jun 6, 2014, 12:11 PM

6. This has been going on for some time...

If I recollect correctly, I saw a "60 Minutes" program during the 1970s in which a college athlete was profiled. He graduated from college but could not read a restaurant menu.

Here's a more-recent report from TYT:



It's all about $$$$$...

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Fri Jun 6, 2014, 12:30 PM

9. How will unionizing "scholar" athletes address this problem?

 

This behavior is rampant amongst highly-rated recruits.

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Response to 1000words (Reply #9)

Fri Jun 6, 2014, 01:42 PM

10. Yes, and it's hurting the athletes by denying them their eductation

That's supposed to be part of the deal and their compensation for working. There should be some system that helps all athletes to get an education that works with their schedule, such as classes in the off season or summer. Or hell, a free ride for however long it takes them to finish their classes but not permanent eligibility to play. A lot of these athletes don't make it to the pros, why not finish their education after? The trouble is, many athletes miss most of high school for the same reason and are too far behind to catch up in college while working/playing full time.

Our neighbor was an Olympic swimmer. The first time he was on the team, it was the year of the boycott. The second Olympics, he went in with the world record and hopes to win a gold medal. In the warm up, he pulled a muscle and never got to compete. But because he had an athletic scholarship to Stanford, he was able to finish his education and went to law school. Not every athlete makes it; they deserve the education they are promised.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Fri Jun 6, 2014, 03:39 PM

12. Coaches are among the highest paid public servants in any state.

You have to have skilled players (grades are not important) to keep your inflated salary so... here we are.

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Response to sevenity (Reply #12)

Fri Jun 6, 2014, 03:43 PM

13. Welcome to Du

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Response to sevenity (Reply #12)

Fri Jun 6, 2014, 04:41 PM

14. Coaches are paid

Coaches are paid with the following funds:

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB122853304793584959

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Response to sevenity (Reply #12)

Fri Jun 6, 2014, 11:50 PM

19. highest paid public employees

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Fri Jun 6, 2014, 04:57 PM

15. I believe "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" had an episode on this, earlier this year...

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Fri Jun 6, 2014, 04:59 PM

16. Beating my Illinois team

 

First the refs, now cheating - the title belongs to Illinois

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Fri Jun 6, 2014, 11:37 PM

18. Um

I suggest you familiarize yourself with Mr. McCants. He's about as credible as Richard Nixon.

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Response to MFrohike (Reply #18)

Sat Jun 7, 2014, 07:11 AM

20. I suggest you support your assertion

 

rather than asking others to do so.

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Response to tabasco (Reply #20)

Sat Jun 7, 2014, 01:30 PM

22. You asked for it

In a series of Facebook posts from 3 years ago, McCants and his father make the absurd claim that Roy Williams secretly had him blackballed from the NBA.

http://www.frumpzilla.com/frumpzilla_site/articles/rashad-mccants-also-not-a-fan-of-roy-williams/

His current claims are pretty funny, given his most famous quotation. He claimed that having to go to class and practice, while not making an ass of himself, was like being in jail. It gets kinda curious that years into the AFAM investigation, he suddenly remembers never having gone to class, while famously bitching about it almost 10 years ago.

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Response to MFrohike (Reply #18)

Sat Jun 7, 2014, 08:48 AM

21. It's being reported that he also said that he was a prisoner

while in college for having to attend class. Anybody remember anything about that?

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sat Jun 7, 2014, 05:31 PM

23. McCants not only lacks credibility, many others do not corroborate his stories.

http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/06/06/3917285/comments-from-ex-tar-heel-basketball.html

Also, Mary Willingham, the former UNC academic adviser known for whistleblowing on academic improprieties from her university, has credibility issues of her own, too. Nonetheless, the media has been going on the non stop UNC-bashing trip for the past six months or so.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sat Jun 7, 2014, 06:19 PM

24. Ironically, there was one big college program known for not engaging in this kind of stuff

 

Penn State Football.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sat Jun 7, 2014, 06:56 PM

25. My suite mates (yes, I get the entendre) during my senior year were on the basketball team.

Two of them went to class fairly regularly, but the third one rarely made any appearances. We were taking the same philosophy class together and we both received B's in the class. He probably showed up about three times the entire semester.

When the team had a good year, they rarely were in class during the spring semester. Most of them only had 12-13 hours a semester including the 3 hours counted for being on the team so it required five years to obtain a degree. They were kept on as assistant coaches during the fifth year in order to continue their scholarships. Overall, from the time they entered college about 80% finished with a degree.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sat Jun 7, 2014, 07:28 PM

26. How about requiring the NBA/NFL to establish a farm league system

 

to allow entry into the profession w/o going the college route? Baseball does this; when was the last time you heard of college baseball players graduating w/o taking and passing classes?

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