Tag:UNC
Posted on: February 26, 2012 1:07 pm
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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: March 11, 2011 4:01 pm
Edited on: March 11, 2011 4:34 pm
 

NFL agent Gary Wichard dies

Posted by Will Brinson

Long-time NFL agent and founder of Pro Tect Management Gary Wichard died on Friday morning at the age of 60 of complications resulting from diabetes and pancreatic cancer.

The news of Wichard's passing was first reported by Darren Heitner of SportsAgentBlog.com and additional notes of sadness were passed along by Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal, Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports and client Jimmy Clausen.

Wichard represented some big-name NFL clients over the years -- including Terrell Suggs, Chris Cooley, Clausen, Dwight Freeney and Jason Taylor, to name a few -- but came under a great deal of scrutiny with his involvement in the agent scandal involving the UNC-Chapel Hill football team.

Wichard, at the time of his death, was serving a nine-month suspension from the NFLPA and was being investigated by the North Carolina Secretary of State.

Despite all that, many people who worked with Wichard during his lengthy career -- be it other agents or sportswriters -- noted what a professional he was.

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