NCAA satisfied with Coples' explanation
Posted June 28, 2011
Updated June 29, 2011
Chapel Hill, N.C. — 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."