Death threats travel faster than bad news.
The researcher who told CNN many college athletes struggle to read has received multiple death threats from a non-adoring public.
“Even more shocking,” said CNN, is that Mary Willingham’s employer, the University of North Carolina, is disavowing the research they paid for that says 8 to 10 percent of UNC athletes read below third-grade level.
In a press release, UNC said it does not believe Willingham’s story that she once tutored an athlete who could not read and that they have not seen the research they paid for.
Unfortunately for the university, CNN has copies of emails Willingham sent to university officials where she shared her findings.
When confronted with those emails, UNC changed its tune, saying Willingham did share her findings and did have permission from the university to do the research, but added a “meeting” with the bearer of bad news has been scheduled.
CNN says it questioned UNC many times about the research before publishing their story and vetted Willingham’s work. CNN also looked at data from several other universities and determined 7 to 15 percent of athletes at other Division 1 schools cannot read at the college level based on athlete SAT and ACT scores.
UNC bring in $72 million a year in sports revenues, but only nets $200,000. Sounds like they need to hire more people in marketing and fewer researchers.
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