University of North Carolina Tar Heels head men’s basketball coach Roy Williams doesn’t appear to be too concerned about impending NCAA penalties following an investigation into years of academic fraud at the school.
According to Pat James of the Charlotte Observer, Williams told five-star power forward Sacha Killeya-Jones, a Class of 2016 recruit who currently plays at Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg, that he is “positive” that the NCAA will not crack down on men’s basketball following the sanctions.
Killeya-Jones offered more to James.
“Coach Williams said he is 100 percent positive they’re not going to crack down on the men’s basketball team,” he said.
“If they got a major scholarship reduction or something like that, obviously you don’t to commit to any scholarship that might not be there,” he added. “I definitely don’t want to commit before any punishments come down, even though I’m pretty sure there won’t be anything.”
It’s hard to believe that the NCAA won’t at least take away a few scholarships and ban UNC from postseason play for a year, especially because one of the main whistleblowers in the case against the school is former basketball player Rashad McCants, who was on the team that won a national championship in 2005.
Speaking to ESPN last year, McCants claimed that his papers were written by tutors, he barely attended class and that his eligibility remained intact largely due to bogus classes, known as “paper classes,” in which students only had to turn in a short term paper to even receive a grade.
McCants’ teammates and Williams have disputed these claims but based on the sanctions, which include “lack of institutional control,” one can only imagine that the men’s basketball team will get more than just a mere slap on the wrist.
Thus, while it’s nice that Williams is hopeful that his program will emerge unscathed, this writer has two words for him: dream on.
Of course, Campus Sports will update UNC’s situation as more details become available.
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