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McCants was not known as a model
citizen in UNC athletics. There were several reported incidents of his failure to get
along with Matt Doherty ’84, who coached
the team in McCants’ freshman year, and
of McCants being a central figure in a difficult year that led to Doherty’s dismissal.
McCants once likened being at UNC to
being in jail; he later said his comments had
He told ESPN he thought putting his
sport ahead of academics “was a part of the
college experience, just like watching it on
a movie from He Got Game or Blue Chips.
… 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. ... 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.”
McCants said Williams informed him of
his academic troubles in a meeting before
the 2005 spring semester. McCants said:
“There was a slight panic on my part ... [he]
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 Williams told him that “ ‘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
Williams said he did not recall such a
“Our players have been deeply hurt
over the last couple of years,” he said later
in a prepared statement, citing “comments
and innuendo concerning their academic
achievements. The young men who
accepted scholarships to play basketball at
this University have done so expecting a
world-class basketball experience, in addition to a world-class education. Obviously,
we pride ourselves on being one of the
top basketball programs in the country, but
equally important, in helping our players
grow academically and socially, as we promised their parents we would.
“Our student-athletes understand the
value of a degree” from UNC, Williams
said. “They take seriously their efforts to,
in some cases, become the first member of
their families to graduate from college.”
UNC Hired New Finance
Chief From Florida
As the top financial officer at the University of Florida over the past six years, Matthew M. Fajack had
been credited with aligning UF’s decision
making with the financial consequences
of those decisions. Carolina took note:
This spring, UNC’s trustees approved
his appointment as UNC’s chief financial
officer and vice chancellor for finance and
administration. He began work June 9.
Fajack’s responsibilities include over-
sight of campuswide financial planning and
budgeting; treasury and risk management;
tal health and safety;
and energy services.
served as UF’s vice
president and chief financial officer since
2008. In that time, his office implemented
initiatives to improve the efficiency and
effectiveness of administrative processes,
and he helped design and implement financial systems and processes that centralized a
formerly diffuse financial structure.
He succeeds Karol Gray, who left UNC
last year after 20 months in the position.
Read these stories and more at
alumni.unc.edu/news and uncmobile.com.
■ The Carolina Population Center has
received a five-year, $180 million award
from USAID, continuing support for a
public health effort that began in 1997 and
that UNC leads.
■ Kathleen Mullan Harris, James E.
Haar Distinguished Professor of sociology,
has been elected into the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors
a U.S. scientist or engineer can receive.
■ Seven UNC students are abroad
on travel fellowships funded by the class
of 1938. The class members, who lived
through and lost friends to World War II,
created the program to promote peace.
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