Quinton Coples cleared by NCAA
The NCAA has reported that North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples did not commit any violations in connection with an NFL draft party, UNC football spokesman Kevin Best said.
The NCAA was back on UNC’s campus on May 18, and according to a report from ESPN.com, investigators were interviewing Coples after pictures of the rising senior attending an NFL draft party in Washington, D.C. were seen on a website.
According to the report, Coples was spotted in the pictures with former UNC players Marvin Austin and Robert Quinn, and the NCAA had questions about Coples’ trip-related expenses.
The University received a notice of allegations from the NCAA last week, which outlined violations allegedly committed by the UNC football program, including improper academic assistance, impermissible benefits and failures of institutional oversight.
Coples is expected to be a key contributor for the Tar Heels this season, and he led UNC last season with 10 sacks. In Mel Kiper’s 2012 NFL draft analysis, Coples was predicted to be the No. 2 pick overall.