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UNC disputes CNN investigative report’s findings on student-athlete literacy

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North Carolina was not a fan of the investigative report published by CNN earlier this week. In the report, CNN quotes a UNC reading specialist suggesting 10 percent of the football and basketball players at UNC read and write below a third grade level. UNC, previously at the center of an investigation regarding academic fraud (no violations were discovered by the NCAA), says they do not believe the findings reported by the faculty member.

“We do not believe that claim and find it patently unfair to the many student-athletes who have worked hard in the classroom and on the court and represented our University with distinction,” the statement said, as shared by “Our students have earned their place at Carolina and we respect what they bring to the University both academically and athletically.”

The CNN report initially sought information from 37 universities to conduct their research on literacy within athletics programs at some of the nation’s largest universities including Alabama, Florida State, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, and more. A total os 21 universities supplied data for the report and many submitted a response to the findings of the report.

UNC football coach Larry Fedora has not been quoted on this story’s latest developments, but men’s basketball coach Roy Williams did.

“It’s totally unfair,” Williams said in the report by “Anybody can make any statement they want to make, but that is not fair. The University of North Carolina doesn’t do that. The University of North Carolina doesn’t stand for that.”

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12 Responses to “UNC disputes CNN investigative report’s findings on student-athlete literacy”
  1. daiatlas says: Jan 10, 2014 9:49 PM

    While I’m not disputing the research, the data, etc, etc, etc,… it may be right on. Search for past news articles on the faculty member who wrote the article. She’s kinda a nut.

  2. auburntigers34 says: Jan 10, 2014 11:22 PM

    Not sure how Roy Williams can say that UNC doesn’t stand for that when this isn’t the first time that they’ve been down this road.

  3. stixzidinia says: Jan 10, 2014 11:25 PM

    Not like we all didn’t already know many D1 athletes are dumber than a bag of hammers. Read the book Meat Market about the Ole Miss recruiting process and you’ll learn about some of the creative ways schools get recruits academically eligible to be enrolled. And they all do it. If anything, i’m surprised it’s only 10%.

  4. Deb says: Jan 10, 2014 11:30 PM

    Haven’t read the report. Can’t comment on its validity, although UNC has a strong academic reputation and is ranked 5th among public universities this year. But given the deterioration in the quality of journalism at CNN over the last decade, they really shouldn’t criticize any other institution. Their biggest contribution is providing comedy bits for Jon Stewart.

  5. pricecube says: Jan 11, 2014 2:40 AM

    The bigger story is that this woman has been receiving a torrent of death threats, replete with racial slurs, since bringing her findings to the administration. A lot of people want to shoot the messenger… literally.

  6. meatcarroll says: Jan 11, 2014 4:37 AM

    I had a summer class with Hakeem Nicks at UNC a few years ago, 1st round pick WR of the New York Giants. He tried to cheat off my test. But not slyly. Just straight up asked me if he could copy my answers. I thought that was funny. Wouldn’t surprise me if these allegations were accurate.

  7. tg1896 says: Jan 11, 2014 6:56 AM

    Auburntigers34 – that’s a great comment coming from an Auburn fan. Let me make sure I understand this – Auburn does things “the right way”? Is that what you’re trying to say? cough, cough

  8. deadeye says: Jan 11, 2014 10:19 AM

    Which fan base is more delusional regarding their favorite school’s scandals, PSU or UNC?

  9. frank booth says: Jan 11, 2014 11:28 AM

    Deb says: Jan 10, 2014 11:30 PM

    Haven’t read the report… ================================== That’s the difference. You haven’t read the report.

    But they can’t read the report.

  10. imaduffer says: Jan 11, 2014 12:50 PM

    I don’t know what’s more embarrassing, failing to pass a drug test or not knowing how to read. But, I do know this, if you don’t know how to read
    you are going to have a hell of a time finding a job.

  11. auburntigers34 says: Jan 11, 2014 4:58 PM

    tg1896 says:

    That’s exactly what I’m saying. Let me guess, you still think that Auburn paid Cam Newton….even though the NCAA investigated for over 9 months and couldn’t even find a secondary violation.

    People believe what they want to believe. facts be damned.

  12. Deb says: Jan 11, 2014 5:23 PM

    rank booth says:
    Jan 11, 2014 11:28 AM
    Deb says: Jan 10, 2014 11:30 PM

    Haven’t read the report… ================================== That’s the difference. You haven’t read the report.

    But they can’t read the report.


    Well … at least that’s what CNN claims 😉

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