The education of Dasmine Cathey

A portrait of a University of Memphis football player who couldn't read when he arrived at college. Who failed, Dasmine Cathey or a college system that values athletic ability over education?

He hid them in a shoebox under his bed. "My own little secret," he said.

Inside the box, he kept 10 thin paperbacks he was given as a child. For years he didn't touch them. But as he reached 19, they became a lifeline.