McCants back on radio along with former UNC learning specialist Mary Willingham

dkane@nando.comJuly 7, 2014 

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Former UNC men’s basketball player Rashad McCants and former UNC learning specialist Mary Willingham spent part of Monday afternoon on Mark Packer’s college sports radio show on SiriusXM talking about the university’s academic fraud scandal. McCants had been on the program Friday, but this was Willingham’s first appearance.

McCants was unclear about whether he would cooperate with official investigations into the academic fraud case involving no-show classes offered by the African and Afro-American Studies department. UNC’s NCAA compliance office, the NCAA and Kenneth Wainstein, a former U.S. Justice Department official hired by UNC, are looking into the classes.

McCants also suggested he was seeking compensation from UNC for what he says was a subpar educational experience, and seeking money from the NCAA as part of an effort to help young athletes navigate their way through college.

Packer asked him: “Are you willing to have a conversation with the folks at North Carolina?”

McCants responded: “The question is what are we talking about, honestly. I mean I have a check being written to me from the University of North Carolina for over $10 million due to the exploitation of me as a player and the lack of education that I received. The NCAA has a check for me for over $300 million to help me facilitate these sports education programs across the country. These are things that’s in the works.”

He also said the investigators should be looking at other UNC athletes’ transcripts. Willingham said she has received hundreds of emails from people who work at other colleges dealing with similar academic issues.

UNC reached out to McCants on June 6, asking him to meet to talk about his statements on ESPN and Sirius radio accusing the university of academic misconduct. A registered letter, dated June 6, signed by senior associate athletics director Vincent Ille, asked McCants to contact the school to discuss his comments. Two text messages also were sent to McCants asking him to contact the school.

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