North Carolina was picked to win the ACC regular season title on Wednesday, but head coach Roy Williamssays the fake-class scandal has hurt recruiting.
"We've already lived with it for two years," he said Wednesday on ESPNU as part of ACC media day. "It's hurt us in recruiting, it's hurt us in several different ways. We're mad, we're sad, we're disappointed that it happened but we gotta play basketball. We've gotta try to control the things that we can control and our kids out there on the court, they're going to be playing, they're not going to be thinking about this stuff that we've got going on."
According to NewsObserver.com, North Carolina has paid out more than $10 million in legal and public relations costs to cope with an NCAA investigation "into a system of fake classes taken by thousands of students, roughly half of them athletes, that spanned three decades."