North Carolina coach Roy Williams insists he had no knowledge of any academic fraud involving former Tar Heels star Rashad McCants, as the player alleged in an interview with ESPN's Outside The Lines.

McCants told OTL that Williams was aware of classes in the university's African and African American Studies (AFAM) department in which Tar Heels players were not required to attend but only to turn in a paper near the close of the semester.

"I strongly disagree with what Rashad has said," Williams said in a statement released by the athletic department. "In no way did I know about or do anything close to what he says, and I think the players whom I have coached over the years will agree with me.

"I have spent 63 years on this Earth trying to do things the right way, and the picture he portrays is not fair to the university or me."

Williams has been North Carolina's basketball coach since the 2003-04 season, McCants' second at the school. He coached McCants for two seasons, the second of which ended with an NCAA championship, before McCants departed for the NBA Draft.