Former North Carolina football player Tydreke Powell appeared on a Greensboro-based radio show today, and during his interview, the ex-Tar Heels defensive tackle discussed the academic fraud scandal that has recently hit the university.
Powell — who played for UNC from 2008-2011 — made several damning claims, particularly that basketball coach Roy Williams was aware of the school’s controversial “paper classes,” and that football players were told to do poorly on evaluations so that they could receive help from tutors and note takers.
“You know Roy Williams knows. He’s a snake. One thing about #UNC if you ain’t got a class with a basketball player, you better!” -Powell
— 102 JAMZ (@102_JAMZ) November 10, 2014
Former UNC DE Tydreke Powell – “At UNC if you don’t have a class with a basketball player you better go find one. You KNOW its an A.”
— Earn Your Leaves (@BuckeyeEdge) November 10, 2014
— Ron Clements (@Ron_Clements) November 10, 2014
So they had UNC players go screw up evaluations so they could each get tutors and note takers, etc., too.
— Mark Ennis (@MarkEnnis) November 10, 2014
Here’s an audio link if you’d like to listen to Powell’s interview.
Many of Powell’s allegations are similar to allegations that were made by former Tar Heels shooting guard Rashad McCants, who said that he rarely attended classes and relied on tutors to do his work. It remains to be seen if Powell’s claims are true, but if they are, there may be a ton of fallout in the school’s athletic department.