Rashad McCants: I made Dean’s List at UNC without going to class

Rashad-McCants-UNCFormer North Carolina basketball star Rashad McCants helped the Tar Heels win a national championship in 2005. Had he actually been required to go to class and not been allowed to take bogus courses, he may not have even been academically eligible that year.

McCants, who has been playing in the NBA D-League since 2009, gave ESPN’s Outside the Lines a deeper look into the UNC athletics academic scandal this week when he revealed that he took the infamous “paper classes” that were designed to keep athletes eligible. He also said he made the Dean’s List in 2005 without ever attending class.

“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 explained. “… 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.”

McCants said it was common for athletes to take African-American studies courses, much like the one we showed you earlier this year where a student athlete wrote a 150-word term paper and allegedly received an A-. McCants also said that UNC coach Roy Williams is “100 percent” aware of the paper class system.

During the championship season in 2004-2005, McCants said he thought he might be kicked off the team after failing algebra and psychology. He said Williams instructed him to “buckle down” but assured him it would be taken care of. McCants later made the Dean’s List.

“There was a slight panic on my part … [Williams] said, you know, we’re going to be able to figure out how to make it happen, but you need to buckle down on your academics. [He said] we’re going to be able to change a class from, you know, your summer session class and swap it out with the class that you failed, just so the GPA could reflect that you are in good standing.”

In a statement to Outside the Lines, UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham said a former federal prosecutor is currently investigating the alleged academic misconduct and that McCants and any other former or current athletes are encouraged to speak to him. UNC whistleblower Mary Willingham also confirmed that what McCants is alleging “absolutely lines up” with her findings.

You would have to be incredibly naive to think that this stuff is only going on at North Carolina.

Bitter Rashad McCants, James McCants Tear into Roy Williams on Facebook

A shocking announcement was made last week by Larry Drew II who said he was leaving the North Carolina basketball program. Many people questioned the decision of Drew to desert the team in the middle of the season, but someone who was supportive of the move was James McCants, the father of former Tar Heel, Rashad McCants.

The elder McCants ripped into Coach Roy Williams on a facebook thread, callin him “a piece of ****” and going on to say “I don’t recommend anyone get recruited by him he wil wreck your career if you are not aware of his underhanded tactic and insincerity.”

Rashad later jumped in on the same thread to say “the good ol boy can never do wrong.”

At the heart of the McCants’ issues is their belief that Roy Williams hurt Rashad’s pro prospects by providing negative feedback to NBA personnel.

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Khloe Kardashian and Rashad McCants Now Dating?

Well, I had a pretty good idea that Rashad McCants wasn’t going to grace the pages of LBS for his play on the court, so I guess this was his way of making himself relevant. The National Ledger passes on a report from life & style weekly saying the younger sister of Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, is dating Timberwolves swingman Rashad McCants.

The report claims, “Khloe Kardashian has scored a basketball player boyfriend! Life & Style has learned exclusively that she’s dating Minnesota Timberwolves guard Rashad McCants. Reggie Bush, who dates Khloe’s big sis Kim, introduced the couple, both 24, in the fall.

“They’re getting serious,” says an insider close to Khloe. “Rashad knows that the Kardashians are incredibly close; if you date one member, you basically date them all. But he’s not worried — he loves Khloe and can’t wait to get to know the whole family better!”

I dunno about you, but I have a hard time being convinced that Khloe came from the same gene pool as Kim. Just my thoughts on the matter. And if I were a player on the T-Wolves, I’d much rather go after a no-name girl that’s hot than the lesser of the three Kardashian sisters. He could do much better.