UNC AD urges patience with academic probe

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham says curious fans should be patient while an investigator conducts his probe into alleged academic misconduct at the school.

Cunningham issued a statement Tuesday, four days after former basketball player Rashad McCants levied allegations of academic wrongdoing that drew harsh denials from coach Roy Williams and other players on the school’s 2005 national championship team.

Cunningham says instead of “speculation and innuendo,” people should allow former U.S. Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein to conduct his investigation.

McCants told ESPN that tutors wrote papers for him and he believes Williams knew “100 percent” about players taking no-show classes.

In response, 16 players from that team defended their Hall of Fame coach, saying “with conviction” that they went to class and did their own schoolwork.

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