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NCAA satisfied with Coples' explanation

Posted June 28, 2011
Updated June 29, 2011

— Quinton Coples, a defensive end for the University of North Carolina, did nothing wrong in attending a party after the NFL draft, the NCAA has decided.

After photos surfaced of Coples, one of the top prospects in next year's draft, celebrating with former teammates Marvin Austin and Robert Quinn on May 5 in Washington, D.C., the NCAA wanted to know how the rising senior paid for the trip.

Sources told WRAL News Tuesday that Coples provided proof to the NCAA that he covered all of his own expenses, and his eligibility is not in question.

Coples' lawyer, Robert F. Orr, said Tuesday he assisted Coples in the inquiry from the NCAA surrounding the parties that took place in early May. 

"At no time was there ever any allegation or intimation of a violation of NCAA bylaws," Orr said in a statement Tuesday. "This process was simply the NCAA gathering information relevant to its responsibilities for monitoring student/athlete conduct as governed by the NCAA bylaws."

The parties were in public facilities and took course over three days in Washington, D.C. 

Orr said the NCAA called him Monday and informed him that the inquiry had been concluded after examination of all the records and interviews and said that "the matter is closed."

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  • bornbreddead Jul 2, 2:00 a.m.

    It's at a party - don't expect them in suits. Don't make assumptions based on appearance. The kid paid for it, he should be able to wear his hat any direction he wants.

  • Tar Heel born and bred Jun 29, 8:38 p.m.

    you can take a thuuug out the jungle but you cant take the jungle out of a... View More

    — Posted by outroykickme

    You calling him a thuug because of the way he looks sounds racist to me. Yep, you are a racist, which means you are scum of the earth.

  • rcox Jun 29, 12:58 p.m.

    Wow...UNC must really have something on the NCAA for letting Coples get away with this. Another... View More

    — Posted by RextheSquare

    I could probably get a fake receipt from Wal Mart for a human baby. No doubt I could get fake... View More

    — Posted by mrwufabc

    Yes we do they are straight and up front. It was a few players who thought of themselves only and not the team. Get over it and GET A LIFE!!! GO HEELS!!!

  • outroykickme Jun 29, 11:39 a.m.

    How much money does this tutor have to be able to keep paying for UNC's football team to attend... View More

    — Posted by The Gooch

    Actually she works hard for the money. You should try it.

    — Posted by ronbo

    I actually did tutor student-athletes in college. But for some reason I didn't have a whole lot... View More

    — Posted by The Gooch

    you are a male

  • outroykickme Jun 29, 11:39 a.m.

    you can take a thuuug out the jungle but you cant take the jungle out of a thuuuggg.......congrats UNC. Must be very proud hehehehehehehee.

    nice picture by the way.

  • The Gooch Jun 29, 10:58 a.m.

    How much money does this tutor have to be able to keep paying for UNC's football team to attend... View More

    — Posted by The Gooch

    Actually she works hard for the money. You should try it.

    — Posted by ronbo

    I actually did tutor student-athletes in college. But for some reason I didn't have a whole lot of disposable income to pay for their trips to VIP draft parties. I guess I was the exception?

  • chuck2 Jun 29, 10:48 a.m.

    Wow...UNC must really have something on the NCAA for letting Coples get away with this. Another... View More

    — Posted by RextheSquare

    Hey man, if there is a commode full of tirds and someone tries to tell me that one of them is a... View More

    — Posted by shakennotstirred

    Sports Legend you are the man. Thats the best I've heard yet. Good job!

  • Jewelry-EricLeak Jun 29, 8:31 a.m.

    Headline:
    NC State Sports Legend Dies Tragically
    (Charles Scored Winning Basket for NCSU National Title)

    WRAL fan posts - 25

    Headline:
    UNC Defensive Linemen Attends Party

    WRAL fan posts - 110.

  • wuf Jun 29, 7:38 a.m.

    Of course not....

  • mrwufabc Jun 29, 7:25 a.m.

    OK... anyone who has seen several of my posts know that I am a "Carolina guy" with a long UNC... View More

    — Posted by Objective Scientist

    I can honestly say without a doubt-this is exactly how I'd feel if this were at NC State. That... View More

    — Posted by mrwufabc

    mrwufabc... IMO - that is at least part of what is now needed (Davis leaving/fired) to restore... View More

    — Posted by Objective Scientist

    I concur 100%. I'm left with no real understanding why some heel fans are "championing" (my word) this Coples guy as a "wrongfully accused" upstanding student athlete. It appears clear to me that he at a minimum broke team rules. You know, I really don't like UNC. So, all these mistakes (my words) are only feeding into my entertainment. Quite honestly, I am entertained and even a bit laughing at this road UNC is taking themselves.
    I think the VAST majority of NC State lifers (my word-NC State fans for life) hated Amato because of those very same things you mentioned about Austin and Little. There was no control of his team and those on the field were thOOgs, plain and simple. If Amato had not been fired, I would not have retained my season tickets. I felt that Amato no longer fielded players that were representatives of the institution that I so loved. It appears to me, that you and I have a VERY similar opinion on this matter. I know for a fact that the academic integrity of my degree is worth more than ANY win or winning season. I worked too hard for my degrees and have tons of issues with others who are given an easy ride that have some sense of entitlement to break the rules.
    But back to Coples-guilty or not-at minimum he should be punished and it should be public. (Punished for violating team rules) If Davis doesn't he losses more respect IMO. That said-I really do hope yaw keep him around. This has become so pleasant watching this implosion.

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