UNC sends letter, texts to McCants asking to meet, discuss allegations of academic misconduct


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CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina — North Carolina's compliance director reached out to former men's basketball player Rashad McCants last month asking to meet and discuss his allegations of academic misconduct at the school.

Senior associate athletic director Vince Ille sent a letter dated June 6 after McCants told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" that tutors wrote papers for him and he took no-show classes in a department plagued by fraud. Ille provided The Associated Press with a copy of the letter and a tracking slip showing it was delivered June 9.

The school also sent text messages June 8 and June 11 to McCants, a top player on the 2005 NCAA championship team. Ille said Monday the school has not received a response.

There are two ongoing investigations into academic irregularities at UNC. The NCAA has reopened an investigation because new information is available in a case that began amid an improper benefits probe into the football program that started in summer 2010.

Former U.S. Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein is investigating fraud in the formerly named African and Afro-American Studies department, including lecture classes that did not meet and were treated as independent studies requiring a research paper at semester's end.

Wainstein, who is sharing information with the NCAA, said last month that McCants declined to talk when contacted in May before ESPN aired his interview. Wainstein said he has sent another letter asking McCants to meet.

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