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UNC debating literacy report

Updated: January 15, 2014, 11:31 AM ET
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North Carolina is disputing research by a reading specialist it employs that says 10 percent of UNC football or basketball players read and write below a third-grade level.

In a CNN story this week, Mary Willingham said her research of 183 football or basketball players at UNC from 2004 to '12 found 60 percent reading at fourth- to eighth-grade levels and roughly 10 percent below a third-grade level. She said she worked with one men's basketball player early in her 10-year tenure who ...

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