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 CBSSports.com was first to report the news.
“They basically explained they organize a lineup and they decide who’s going to go,” Willingham said to CBSSports.com, 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.