Folt: Answers coming as soon as possible for UNC investigation
CHAPEL HILL – Chancellor Carol Folt on Tuesday said she understands many people want answers to questions about academics and athletics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In due time, she said in a prepared statement, those answers will come.
“This process takes time,” she said. “Until the investigation is complete, we may not be able to respond to each new report or allegation. In some cases that is because we do not want to jump to conclusions or otherwise impede the investigation. In other cases it is because we must not violate our students’ federally protected privacy rights, even when doing so limits the extent to which we can correct inaccuracies and defend our former student-athletes.”
Her statement comes days after Rashad McCants, once a leading scorer on UNC’s 2005 national championship basketball team, told ESPN that university leaders ushered him into no-show classes to make sure his grades remained good enough to keep playing.
School administrators and Coach Roy Williams have denied the allegations.
Former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein is in the midst of an investigation, the results of which may be released to the public this summer.
“Over the past few days, I have received many questions from members of our community” in response to the ESPN story, Folt said. “It is clear that our community cares deeply about these issues, and I want to assure you that we are doing our best to resolve remaining questions. I also want to take this opportunity to reconfirm that we are going to respond to these questions at the right time, and to provide some perspective as to how Carolina is moving forward.”
Athletics Director Bubba Cunningham offered support for Williams in a statement he released, saying, “I am proud to see the outpouring of support from former players and the basketball community at large, which reinforces the respect, integrity and care of student athletes that Coach Williams has shown throughout his career. Current and former players from across the country have told me that Coach Williams and his staff have always placed a priority on self-accountability inside the classroom.”
Folt noted that Wainstein has full autonomy to investigate without interference, and encouraged anyone with relevant information to contact him.
Cunningham urged people to wait for the facts to come to light. “Everyone here at Carolina wants to know all we can about past academic and athletic anomalies,” he said. “But speculation and innuendo should not replace the independent investigation currently being conducted by former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein. We must allow his work to be complete and thorough."
After Wainstein’s findings are released, “we will take appropriate action, building on the significant reforms we have already implemented,” Folt said. “At that time, we will also be better equipped to respond to individual claims. Until then, we appreciate your patience and understanding.”