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Death threats and denial for woman who showed college athletes struggle to read

The death threats, Mary Willingham expected. More shocking is that UNC is now disavowing her research as a whistleblower -- research that showed between 8% and 10% of the school's football and basketball players are reading below a third-grade level. UNC issued a statement Wednesday saying it did not believe Willingham's account of a basketball player who could not read or write. (CNN)

Academic performance of athletes lags in state's university system

As scrutiny mounts about college sports enterprises, UNC system campuses show a mixed bag of success and embarrassment in the academic performance of athletes, according to the latest statistics. This week, the UNC Board of Governors will review the annual report on intercollegiate athletics at the 15 university campuses with athletic programs. (Charlotte Observer)

ACC all-bowl team

UNC OL James Hurst: Cincinnati entered the Belk Bowl second in the AAC in sacks, but the Bearcats couldn't get to QB Marquise Williams. LB Norkeithus Otis tallied seven total tackles -- two for loss and one sack -- to go with two quarterback hurries. P Tommy Hibbard pinned Cincinnati inside its own 20 three different times. PR Ryan Switzer returned his fifth punt of the season for a touchdown. (ESPN.com)

North Carolina responds to CNN report

"A Jan. 7 CNN story quoted a source who claimed that a former UNC basketball player was unable to read or write. 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. Our students have earned their place at Carolina and we respect what they bring to the University..." (GoHeels.com)

An educator's response to the CNN student-athlete literacy report

As an educator and UNC alumnus, I am trying to digest this blizzard of information as objectively as possible. A few red flags, some in favor of UNC and some not, immediately come to mind. CNN's statistical reporting was bad enough that I, an educator with a journalism and mathematics degree, do not understand the facts behind Mary Willingham's numbers. (Where the Ground Crackles)

UNC Football Building a Foundation Up Front

Junior center Russell Bodine’s decision to forgo his final season of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft dealt a blow to the Tar Heel offensive line. With left tackle James Hurst graduating, Bodine had been the most experienced player up front set to return in 2014. Now, with the two anchors of the 2013 O-line departing, Carolina will have some rebuilding to do up front. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heel Football Welcomes January Enrollees

North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora announced the enrollment of five scholarship student-athletes Wednesday. They are defensive back Allen Artis (Marietta, Ga.), tight end Brandon Fritts (Mentor, Ohio), running back Elijah Hood (Charlotte, N.C.), offensive lineman Bentley Spain (offensive tackle) and cornerback M.J. Stewart (Arlington, Va.). "We're excited to have these new guys on campus," said Fedora. (GoHeels.com)

Video: UNC Football January Enrollees

Elijah Hood, Bentley Spain, Allen Artis, M.J. Stewart and Brandon Fritts discuss their reasons for not only choosing the Tar Heels but why they wanted to enroll early. View Video...

College Football's Top Five Teams on the Rise for 2014

North Carolina: The Coastal Division is set to be one of the toughest conferences to predict in 2014. Miami is the early pick, but don’t overlook UNC for the top spot. The Tar Heels started 1-5 but finished 6-1, with its only loss in the final seven games coming by two points to Coastal Division champ Duke. Larry Fedora enters his third season in Chapel Hill with plenty of offensive talent to run his spread attack. (Athlon Sports)

The National Media Is Going to Dwell on UNC Academics for Awhile

If you're the type of person who doesn't particularly enjoy reading about the UNC academic scandal, 2014 has not been a particularly good year for you. The New York Times got the ball rolling on New Year's Day, with a front-page article on Julius Nyang'oro's indictment. Still, as there wasn't anything new, you'd expect the article to come and go without much comment. Right? (Tar Heel Blog)

For UNC and Duke, the 2014 football season begins now

Though the start of the 2014 campaign might seem a long way away – 234 days, to be exact – it can’t get here fast enough for the newly motivated Tar Heels. UNC punt return star Ryan Switzer is so fired up to get going again that he was already talking about his team’s Aug. 30 opener against Liberty while accepting the MVP trophy of the Tar Heels’ Belk Bowl victory against Cincinnati. (Wilmington Star News)

CNN analysis: Some college athletes play like adults, read like 5th-graders

Early in her career as a learning specialist, Mary Willingham was in her office when a basketball player at UNC walked in looking for help with his classwork. He couldn't read or write. Willingham's job was to help athletes who weren't quite ready academically for the work required at UNC, one of the country's top public universities. But she was shocked that one couldn't read. And then she found he was not an anomaly. (CNN)

Tar Heel Football Recruiting Top Athletes, Offensive Coordinator

As for the timeline of North Carolina's offensive coordinator search, Jones Angell of the Tar Heel Sports Network says he expects Carolina to hire someone before the recruiting dead period ends in mid-January. Inside Carolina’s Greg Barnes says with the limited scholarships from the NCAA sanctions still in effect, the Tar Heels have managed to load up on plenty of young talent. (Chapelboro.com)

Way-Too-Early Top 25 College Football Poll

17. North Carolina Tar Heels: The Tar Heels were one of the ACC's hottest teams in the second half of the season, recovering from a 1-5 start to win six of their last seven games. The Tar Heels were really young in 2013 -- 12 of their 22 starters in the Belk Bowl were freshmen or sophomores -- and they might bring back seven starters on both sides of the ball next season. (ESPN.com)

Ryan Switzer Earns CFPA Punt Returner Trophy

North Carolina's Ryan Switzer has been name the College Football Performance Award Punt Returner of the Year. Switzer led the nation with five punt return touchdowns and set the single-season school record with a 20.9 punt return average. According to the CFPA, Switzer produced the strongest punt return performance since the inception of the CFPA program and CFPA Punt Returner Trophy in 2009. (GoHeels.com)

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Georgia Tech: 31
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UNC @ Pittsburgh
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