Former North Carolina basketball star Rashad McCants claims that a series of sham courses and excessively helpful tutors allowed him to stay academically eligible, a damaging admission for a school already embroiled in an massive academic scandal.
In an interview with ESPN's Outside the Lines, McCants admitted that during his 2002-2005 tenure at the school he and many other basketball players took "paper-classes," the name for courses in which the only requirement was an end-of-semester term paper. Those papers were then written by tutors, absolving McCants of attending class or doing any work. In the spring of 2005 — a season when the Tar Heels won the national title — McCants said he made the Dean's List for getting straight A's in classes he never actually attended.
McCants, who went on to have a five-year NBA career, laid waste to the NCAA's claims about student-athletes. "You're not there to get an education, though they tell you that," he said. "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." For UNC, that athletic department revenue totaled $82,792,342 for 2013.