UNC coach Roy Williams on meeting Willingham: ‘Not my place’

acarter@newsobserver.comJanuary 11, 2014 

— North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams said Saturday after UNC’s loss at Syracuse that it was “not my place” to meet with Mary Willingham, a former UNC learning specialist who claims that one of Williams’ former players could not read or write.

Willingham’s assertion – first reported in a story by CNN – angered Williams, who spoke out against it on Wednesday following his team’s loss against Miami.

“I don’t believe that’s true,” Williams said then. “It’s totally unfair. I’m really proud of the kids we’ve brought in here. I’m really proud of what our student-athletes have done. That’s not fair. I’ve been here 10 recruiting classes, I guess. We haven’t brought anybody in like that.”

Willingham, who works at UNC but no longer with athletes, stood by her comments Friday during an interview with The News & Observer, and she said that if Williams didn’t believe her she would show him proof that one of his players was illiterate.

“We have great leaders at the university, and if they want me to do something they’ll tell me,” Williams said.

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