Rashad McCants was back on the radio Monday, elaborating on the North Carolina academic scandal and discussing any potential contact with the NCAA.
On Friday, in an interview on Sirius/XM radio with Mark Packer, McCants said that he had no contact with the NCAA or UNC regarding his allegations of academic misconduct during his time as a player with the Tar Heels.
"Not at all," McCants said when asked if he had been contacted by the NCAA. "I’m still waiting on that. And UNC hasn’t reached out to me, and neither has the NCAA. But we have strategic plans in place to really make some strides and get the awareness out for the people who don’t know anything about what’s really going on."
North Carolina reached out to McCants on June 6 with a request for the former basketball star to contact the school and discuss his comments regarding academic misconduct.
McCants returned to Mark Packer's radio program Monday afternoon, this time with Mary Willingham, the former UNC learning specialist who shared her findings with local and national media outlets and last week filed a lawsuit against the school.
According to McCants, North Carolina and the NCAA have pulled out the check book to try and make things right.
“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.”
According to the Dan Kane, of the News & Observer, McCants was "unclear about whether he would cooperate" with the current investigations being conducted by the NCAA and Kenneth Wainstein, a former Department of Justice official hired by UNC.
North Carolina and the NCAA are both currently in a period of reform -- UNC's review of the academics-athletics relationship and the NCAA reforming, well, lots of things -- and those kinds of processes do cost money. However, it is strange for McCants to suggest that either organization is cutting personal checks Rashad Dion McCants.
A North Carolina spokesperson responded with no knowledge of a payment and the school again encouraged McCants to speak with Wainstein.
Goes without saying, but from UNC spox: "We have no idea what Rashad McCants is referring to with regard to monetary compensation from UNC"— Harold Gutmann (@haroldgut) July 8, 2014
"We again encourage him to speak directly with Kenneth Wainstein regarding his academic experience at UNC"— Harold Gutmann (@haroldgut) July 8, 2014