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Posted on: February 26, 2012 1:07 pm
 

Coples attempts to explain issues with hustle

Is Coples effort an issue. (US Presswire)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- There are lots of questions about whether or not UNC defensive end Quinton Coples gives 100 percent on every play. And Coples was asked those questions almost immediately when he stepped to the podium in Indy for his combine media interview.

His logic for explaining away the perceived slacking that scouts and teams and people who watched football attached to his game is pretty outstanding, provided that you appreciate people who use insane excuses.

"I can see where it can look like that on film, but overall I felt like I did the right job and did the right thing sacrificing for my team and that was important to me at the time," Coples said. "I think I have long strides and things of that nature so it may come fast to me in the game and film will slow it down a little bit. People have their own opinions and some people don't even think it was a problem."

Think about that: Coples is so fast and so in-tune to the game of football, that the game simply starts to crawl for him and when you watch film it appears as if he's not trying. Except here's the problem: that's not how it works.

If the game slows down for you, you look faster. Not slower. A sign of a supernatural understanding of the game isn't "moving around lethargically," it's "doing things before anyone could imagine you doing them."

Here's the issue though: it's hard to blame Coples for not trying too hard his senior season. He was busted by the NCAA, eventually cleared, moved to defensive tackle for Marvin Austin, watched his coach get fired and spent his entire season answering questions not about his skill as a football player, but rather about potential NCAA penalties and UNC's issues off the field.

His effort is definitely an issue, and this won't be the last time Coples has to discuss it. But it's also kind of hard to blame him for checking out a little early, given everything that UNC went through.

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Posted on: February 25, 2011 2:23 pm
 

Little on UNC probe: It will 'haunt me forever'

Posted by Andy Benoit

INDIANAPOLIS -- One of the more intriguing storylines of this draft is the amount of North Carolina Tar Heels who a) are projected to go in the first few rounds and b) carry "character baggage" as a fallout from the NCAA agent violations.

Wide receiver Greg Little -- the 14th-ranked WR by CBSSports.com -- was one of two Tar Heels who achieved the rare "permanently ineligible" designation (the other was DE Robert Quinn, our seventh overall prospect, who is soaring up the mock draft boards and could soon be projected to go No. 1 overall).

Little and Quinn received travel accommodations and jewelry from agents, then lied about it all to investigators. NFL teams have undoubtedly had questions for Little about his conduct, and, naturally, the media has been the same way. To Little’s credit, he was very direct in answering it at his combine press conference Friday.

"It was tough to know that essentially I started the whole investigation," Little said. "And that was one of the things that was very bearing and very hard to deal with. It was something that will haunt me forever to know that my team could have won the national championship [had] I played along with them."

Little was asked how he got in the situation in the first place. He shrewdly used that as an opportunity to shift the spotlight to his personal growth.

"Without saying this the wrong way, I think it was one of the best things that ever happened to me in my life," Little said. "It was a very pivotal point and a defining moment in my life where I said, 'Hey, this is not who you are. This is something that you've done. You've made a mistake.' But you have to move on, and that's what I'm doing. This has definitely been a great start to my path of redemption. I'm just out to prove that even though we make mistakes, you can still progress and go through."

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