North Carolina defensive lineman Quinton Coples is in the clear after the NCAA found he was not responsible for any violations in connections with a draft party for Marvin Austin. Coples turned up at the draft party, which took place on May 5 in Washington D.C. Pictures of the senior-to-be appeared on a website associated with a Washington magazine.
According to a report by the Charlotte Observer, Coples did nothing to jeopardize his eligibility and was never a part of any allegation.
"At no time was there ever any allegation or intimation of a violation of NCAA By-laws," Orr wrote in a statement released to the media. "This process was simply the NCAA gathering information relevant to its responsibilities for monitoring student/athlete conduct as governed by the NCAA By-laws."
UNC is by no means in the clear, and still must answer to an NCAA Notice of Allegations that includes nine major violations. The notice includes allegations of academic fraud, players receiving improper benefits and impermissible contact with agents. So call Coples' exoneration a small, moral victory in the scheme of it all.