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Report: UNC whistleblower will not testify in welfare of NCAA athletes hearing

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Somewhat lost in the NFL Draft buzz was one of the more recent headlines related to the ongoing senate committee hearings focusing on the welfare of student-athletes in the NCAA. Mary Willingham, the whistleblower on the North Carolina academic scandal, says she will not be included on a list of speakers to the senate committee this week. Dennis Dodd of was first to report the news.

“They basically explained they organize a lineup and they decide who’s going to go,” Willingham said to, explaining she was initially asked to be included but was not named to the list of speakers by the committee. She will attend the meetings though with a curiosity for what is said and what impact the hearings may have.

Willingham claimed multiple student-athletes, including football players, were reading at reading levels below the requirement to be able to complete college-level work. Her claims were a part of an investigation into academic concerns at the university. As noted by Dodd, Willingham has since resigned from her position at North Carolina due to what is reported as a hostile working environment.

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3 Responses to “Report: UNC whistleblower will not testify in welfare of NCAA athletes hearing”
  1. cometkazie says: May 11, 2014 2:44 PM

    Those hearings are all scripted.

    They just need people to read the scripts.

  2. ncsportsfan says: May 11, 2014 7:31 PM

    Whistleblower?!?!? Bbwwwaaaahhhhhaaaaa!!! Now THAT’S funny right there. Perhaps you should READ Bradley Bethel’s blog before making such…..well….I’ll be nice at your lack of knowledge regarding her relationship to Smith/Kane/Thorpe and the Arts and Sciences section of UNC. Use facts PLEASE before showing your….well….just read as I am not into name calling.

  3. dtjwnbarr says: May 12, 2014 6:24 AM

    Do you mean the Bradley Bethel who wrote this?

    “All these student-athletes are coming to campus who are really underprepared, which is why the need for learning specialists has arisen,” Bethel told The Chronicle of Higher Education, which wrote about his research in 2012.

    And this in an email to Chancellor Holt of UNC?
    When he told Chancellor Carol Folt in an email last summer – one Bethel hadn’t expected to become public – that there have been “many student-athletes who were specially admitted whose academic preparedness is so low they cannot succeed here,”

    Read more here:


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