If you are a former athlete from UNC-CH, and you did not finish your degree, we have good news for you. Sorta. In its new “Complete Carolina” initiative, UNC-CH is inviting former athletes to come back and finalize their educations. On scholarship.
Which is very interesting to me. While some athletes would be partial scholarships and some full ones (ahem, basketball, football and baseball?) depending on their status when they were at UNC-CH to begin with, one has to wonder if these scholarships should count against their eligible tally for each season. It is kind of shady to have, say, Marvin Williams (just pulling a name out of the air) back on campus with a full basketball scholarship yet have it not count against their allotted number for basketball.
Do not get me wrong, I think it is commendable to offer this (which has been done by other programs already) and I hope it is successful. I also hope it does not give the mentality to current and future players that school is secondary because if they do not make it in the NBA/NFL they can always come back and finish up their degrees without reaching into their own pockets.
The ACC Kickoff was held in Greensboro and the always exciting and absolutely spot-on preseason voting took place. Defending National Champions Florida State are the overwhelming favorite to win the ACC for the third straight year. Heisman Trophy winner FSU quarterback Jameis Winston was also the major choice for preseason ACC Player of the Year. Winston recieved 99 votes, Clemson DE Vic Beasley was second with six. Here is the rest of the voting.
The Triangle teams all start the season on August 30. Duke hosts Elon, North Carolina opens at home against Liberty, and NC State is on the road at Georgia Southern.
Rashad McCants and Mary Willingham were on Mark Packer’s SiriusXM radio show on Monday. Interesting comments.
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.”
OK. I dont care what you do or dont believe about McCants, he is delusional if thinks he has $310 million dollars coming to him. Again, not helping his cause.
Mary 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.
The NCAA is reopening its investigation into UNC academic fraud. UNC athletics director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement that the university had received a verbal notice of inquiry from the NCAA, and that the NCAA would investigate “academic irregularities.” (News&Observer)
Mary Willingham is suing UNC, wants her job back and help the NCAA with their investigation. Meting out punishment should not be the purpose of any inquiry at this point. Instead, they should focus on how to use the UNC example to reform the entire system. (wral.com)
NC State and Mississippi State have scheduled a home and home football series. They will play on Sept. 12, 2020 at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh. The Wolfpack return the trip on Sept. 11, 2021 in Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field
McCants, wearing a “Defend Student Athletes” t-shirt. Responded to Williams denial about meeting with him about his grades by saying… “Maybe he’s getting a little old. You know, that’s something that I can’t … I don’t have any control over what he remembers. All I know is the truth. And I’m not up here to lie about anything.
McCants challenged his former teammates to release their transcripts.. “If you want to find the truth, the truth is there in the transcripts,”
Katz asked McCants if he would speak to Kenneth Wainstein, who is conducting an investigation of the AFAM program. “I think [the investigator] should discuss [their academic experiences] with the 16 guys who said they had excellent experiences,”
Then Jalen Rose was brought on at McCants’ request because “Jalen Rose and the Fab Five took the game to another level when it comes to merchandising and likeness, and they didnt receive anything for what they did.”