UNC adviser files brief in O'Bannon lawsuit
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- A reading specialist at the University of North Carolina has filed a brief in support of a lawsuit by former college athletes that challenges the collegiate athletic association's ban on compensating athletes.
The brief, obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, is dated Jan. 10 and was filed in federal court in Oakland, Calif.
Reading specialist Mary Willingham says in her filing that the NCAA's ban on paying players "does nothing to safeguard the educational experience of the athletes."
She adds that compensating the athletes "poses no threat to the educational mission of the schools."
Willingham -- who hasn't returned calls or emails from the AP -- told CNN that her research of 183 football or basketball players at UNC from 2004-12 found 60 percent reading at fourth- to eighth-grade levels.