In a second interview, he said: “My first
response is, how does somebody else know
what somebody believes? But I know what
I believe. There’s some misconceptions,
there’s some misunderstanding. When I
heard the term ‘paper classes’ the first time,
I thought that meant the class was on paper
but it didn’t really exist. Then come to
find out people are using that terminology
‘paper classes’ to signify independent study
courses that you do papers.”
To McCants’ claim that tutors wrote his
papers and those of some of his teammates,
Williams said: “I have no idea. I don’t sit in
the classroom. I don’t turn in their papers.
But I find that impossible to believe.” He
said he was largely removed from his players’ academic situations, saying, “I don’t
have control of the academic side.”
Athletics Director Bubba Cunningham
said he intended to encourage McCants
to speak to Kenneth Wainstein, a former
federal prosecutor conducting the latest
investigation into the roots of the athletics-academics case. Wainstein later said,
following his briefing June 20 to the UNC
System Board of Governors, that McCants
had declined to be interviewed in May,
before the ESPN interview, and that he
hoped McCants would reconsider.
At least two other former athletes,
Deunta Williams ’10 and Michael McAdoo
’12 — both football players — have gone
public with accounts not unlike McCants’.
Neither spoke in as much detail.
UNC’s trustees also have heard from
athletes who said they had good academic
experiences at Carolina.
Sixteen players from UNC’s 2005 team
issued a statement that said they were proud
of their accomplishments on and off the
court, that Williams and his staff operated
with “the highest level of ethics and integrity” and that their experiences were not
consistent with those McCants described.
No former player has stepped forward to
support McCants’ claims.
When McCants was asked about his
teammates’ statements that their academic
experiences didn’t jibe with the one
McCants described, he responded, “Show
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