Group: UNC broke state law by harassing Willingham

The head of a government accountability advocacy group says University of North Carolina officials appear to have violated state law when they criticized a reading specialist who concluded that some basketball and football players couldn't read at a third-grade level.

The letter from the president of the Government Accountability Project says school officials' actions make UNC-Chapel Hill look like a bully.

GAP President Louis Clark urged UNC-CH to investigate whether school officials harassed or intimidated Mary Willingham, who worked with athletes. He also demanded the names of a third-party independent board that school officials say is investigating Willingham's analysis.

In response, a UNC spokesman said Friday he expects a review of Willingham's data to be released soon. Spokesman Joel Curran says the school will make the review public.