Williams denies telling McCants to 'swap classes'
Posted June 7
Updated June 9
University of North Carolina head basketball coach Roy Williams responded again Saturday to claims made by former UNC basketball player Rashad McCants.
In an interview with ESPN Saturday Williams said he was in "shock" and "disbelief" after McCants told the network that tutors wrote his term papers, he rarely went to class and that he took bogus classes designed to keep athletes academically eligible.
The coach denied that he discussed with McCants swapping any classes in order to remain academically eligible to play and said he did not recall such a meeting "at all."
"I don't have any idea what swapping out would be," Williams said to ESPN. "That's not in my vocabulary. You can't take a course and get another one thrown out at the college level. All of your courses count. So I know I would not have that kind of conversation. I don't know what swapping out means, and I have never suggested that anybody take any course."
Eleven former players attended the interview with Coach Williams as a show of support. Several players, who did not wish to be on camera, echoed Williams' thoughts and disagreed with the comments made by McCants.
Sixteen of McCants teammates from the 2005 National Championship team signed a statement Friday that said, "With conviction, each one of us is proud to say that we attended class and did our own academic work."
McCants’ allegations are the first direct claim involving the Tar Heels basketball program and the 2005 National Championship team. The other UNC athletes on that team, and those who issued the statement were: Sean May, Jesse Holley, Melvin Scott, Raymond Felton, Charlie Everett, Reyshawn Terry, Jackie Manuel, Quentin Thomas, Jawad Williams, Wes Miller, Marvin Williams, Damion Grant, David Noel, C.J. Hooker and Bryon Sanders.
"Our personal academic experiences are not consistent with Rashad's claims," the statement continued. "We know that Coach Williams did not have any knowledge of any academic impropriety, and further that Coach Williams would not have tried to manipulate a player's schedule."
The full interview with Williams will air Monday at 3 p.m. on ESPN's "Outside the Lines."