While most of the academics issues at the University of North Carolina have dealt directly with the football program, speculation into the men’s basketball continues to emerge.
More information and more reports continue to come forth, as some turn their focus from football to basketball, amid the North Carolina academic scandal.
However, head coach Roy Williams has spoken up in discussing the alleged issues, saying that the basketball program is clean under him.
Williams took over the team in Chapel Hill back in 2003 and has led the team to eight NCAA Tournament appearances in his nine seasons at the helm. UNC has won two National Championships in Williams’ tenure, most recently in 2009.
A number of interesting points have come up throughout the entire investigation and some even date back to the days of current Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers. Peppers played both football and basketball at UNC before pursuing a career in the NFL. Ties to academics and Peppers have come up in reports, but Williams had nothing to comment on in that regard, especially given that that was before his time in Chapel Hill.
In the video, shown below, Williams seems very adamant over the coursework that his basketball players have gone through in his tenure.
Williams touched upon his true feelings of any potential fraudulent classes, saying:
I feel extremely, and I’ll say it like this. I feel extremely good. Extremely good,” Williams said.
The Tar Heels’ head man continues to be straightforward when asked about the academic scandal and the good thing is that he is not dodging any of the questions. Simply due to the large amount of speculation, that’s the best thing that Williams can do.
On Thursday, the school announced that it would launch an independent review of the academics in question.
Here is the video of Williams speaking on the matter:
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