Roy Williams' former players at Kansas stand up for their coach
JUN 08, 2014 10:52a ET
Former Kansas basketball players who played under Roy Williams are standing up for the former Jayhawks coach amid allegations made by former North Carolina star Rashad McCants that Williams knew of a no-show course structure, the Lawrence Journal-World reports.
The allegations relate to classes in African-American studies at North Carolina that have come under scrutiny.
McCants, the second-leading scorer on the 2005 national championship UNC team, also alleges that tutors wrote papers for him. Williams has denied any wrongdoing. Sixteen other players who were on that '05 squad have also denied Williams had any knowledge of the classes in a signed letter.
"I will stand by Coach Williams 100 percent," former Jayhawks guard Billy Thomas, who played for Williams from 1994-98, told the Journal-World. "As many times I had to get my butt out of bed and go to class, no way I could believe any of that.
"We had class-checkers, people coming by making sure you were there. If you were not in class, the coaches would know (and make players run). You had to sit in front of the class so the class-checker could see you.
"Those (allegations by McCants) are coming from a guy who has had sour grapes a long time. If you've got that many players who played for this man, and nobody is agreeing with the one player, what does that tell you?"
McCants also said Williams worked to change a grade to keep him eligible during the 2004-05 season, but former Jayhawks guard Ryan Robertson (1995-99) finds that hard to believe.
"I don't know Rashad McCants. To say Coach Williams knew and tried to sneak his way through it would go against everything I've known about him in 20-plus years," Robertson told the Journal-World.
"I remember my freshman year, the maddest I've ever seen coach Williams get, and we know he could get fired up, were (concerning) two of my teammates' semester grades and another instance a guy missed class. He went berserk. If things happened the way Rashad said they did, I'd bet damn near my life coach Williams didnât know about it."
Two other former Jayhawks -- Keith Langford (2001-05) and Rex Walters (1991-93) -- voiced their support of Williams on Twitter.
I absolutely stand by Roy Williams and academic advisor Wayne Walden, both of whom I was with at KU. I don't believe Mccants for one second!— keith langford (@keith_langford) June 7, 2014