I’m Now A Rashad McCants Fan

McCantsFriday’s column from CBS Chicago

(CBS) During the 2004-05 college basketball season, Rashad McCants rarely went to class at the University of North Carolina. His tutors wrote his term papers. And he probably should have been academically ineligible when his Tar Heels beat Illinois, 75-70, in the national championship game.

At least, that’s what McCants said to ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” in an interview released today that’s the latest blow in an ongoing academic scandal that continues to metastasize for North Carolina and its athletic department.

In Illini Nation, many fans are still smarting from that championship game loss to the Tar Heels nine years ago, and this morning several of them reached out to me online to ask how I was feeling about McCants’ claims.

My answer? Sad.

Sad because if it’s true that Illinois lost the national title to a team that had at least one ineligible star – and, who knows, perhaps several of them – then that’s certainly an enormous shame.

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