Mar 23, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams reacts in the first half of a men

North Carolina AD Bubba Cunningham backs Roy Williams via statement

This past Friday, Rashad McCants went on ESPN’s Outside The Lines and not only continued his claim of taking paper-classes while at North Carolina, but that Tar Heels coach Roy Williams knew all about it. Naturally, Williams would then talk to ESPN himself — along with 20 or so of his closest friends — and dismiss those accusations.

Now, here we are, not even a week later, and UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham is backing Roy Williams, again. Here is what Cunningham had to say regarding the matter on Tuesday:

“Since Friday, there have been conversations inside and outside the Carolina Community about Roy Williams and Carolina Basketball,” Cunningham said. “I am proud to see the outpouring of support from former players and the basketball community at large, which reinforces the respect, integrity and care of student-athletes that Coach Williams ahas shown throughout his career. Current and former players from across the country have told me that Coach Williams and his staff have always place a priority on self-accountability inside the classroom. I have witness this myself.”

“Everyone here at Carolina wants to know all we can about past academic and athletic anomalies. But speculation and innuendo should not replace the independent investigation currently being conducted by former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein. We must allow his work to be complete and thorough.”

While that is all well and good, as Rob Dauster of CBT points out, there is some pretty damning evidence dug up by the Raleigh News & Observer.

(H/T Dauster, CBT for the screen grab)

UNC Class

According to information originally dug up by UNC whistleblower, Mary Willingham, the Raleigh Observer points out a very it interesting observation:  “five members of [the 2005 national title-winning] team, including at least four key players, accounted for a combined 39 enrollments in classes that have been identified as confirmed or suspected lecture classes that never met.”

While McCants credibility has widely been under question, it might not be his sanity that currently stands as the biggest question going forward.

Regardless, withholding judgement is still the smartest thing as far as this debacle goes. No need to rush to any conclusions. Although, it would be nice if the NCAA showed some interest in finding out the truth.

Tags: Bubba Cunningham North Carolina Tar Heels Rashad McCants Roy Williams

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