Roy Williams, current and former UNC players deny McCants' claims

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

Rashad McCants is laying claims against his former school and causing a huge stir. (USATSI)

With Rashad McCants dropping a mushroom cloud over UNC's athletic/academic culture on Friday morning, a number of current and former Tar Heels basketball and football players are taking to Twitter to discredit his claims.

In some cases, they're attacking his character, too.

Roy Williams has also put out a statement. McCants specifically mentioned that Williams knew "100 percent" about the supposed fraudulent nature of some of the classes available to basketball players.

"Our players have been deeply hurt over the last couple of years, and again today, by the comments and innuendo concerning their academic achievements," Williams said. "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 the University of North Carolina and accept their academic responsibilities in earning that degree.

"They take seriously their efforts to, in some cases, become the first member of their families to graduate from college. I love them for all they have meant to UNC and to me, and I will continue to believe in and support them. With respect to the comments made today, I strongly disagree with what Rashad (McCants) has said. In no way did I know about or do anything close to what he says and I think the players whom I have coached over the years will agree with me. I have spent 63 years on this earth trying to do things the right way and the picture he portrays is not fair to the university or me.”

Below, a sampling of the outright dismissals of McCants' assertion that he took phony classes and had tutors do his work for him during UNC's 2004-05 national title season. To this point, no one that was on that 2004-05 team with McCants has supported or denied his claims.

First, former UNC point guard/current Laker Kendall Marshall:

Former UNC guard Wayne Ellington:

Former UNC big man/current Milwaukee Buck John Henson:

Former UNC defensive end/current Arizona Cardinal Kareem Martin:

Current UNC wide receiver Ryan Switzer:

Former UNC guard Leslie McDonald, who graduated last month:

And here's a twist. Former N.C. State star Julius Hodge, never a man shy to share his opinions on social media:

And former UNC guard Dexter Strickland:

(H/T, Daily Tar Heel)

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