Lawyer: No wrongdoing by lineman

Updated: June 28, 2011, 6:43 PM ET
Associated Press

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- An attorney for North Carolina's Quinton Coples says the NCAA found no wrongdoing by the defensive lineman, who attended NFL draft parties with ex-teammates accused of rules violations.

Former state Supreme Court justice Robert F. Orr says the NCAA notified him in a phone call Monday that its review was closed. The NCAA had spoken with Coples in May after photos surfaced of him with former Tar Heels Marvin Austin and Robert Quinn at a party in Washington, D.C.

Austin was kicked off the team and the NCAA ruled Quinn permanently ineligible during the probe into improper benefits and academic misconduct.

Orr said Tuesday the NCAA never alleged Coples broke any rules.

Coples was third in the Atlantic Coast Conference with 10 sacks last season.

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