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Tar Heels not focusing on upcoming penalties

Posted on: July 24, 2011 9:31 pm

PINEHURST, N.C. – North Carolina is going to get hit by the NCAA – and probably hit hard – but two UNC seniors said Sunday they’re trying not to think about the upcoming penalties. 

“We really don’t think about that too much,” UNC senior center Jonathan Cooper said during the ACC's Football Kickoff. “It’s in the back of our minds, it’s on the back burner – what happens, happens. We’re just trying to work on improving.”

When the allegations came out, Cooper said he didn’t bother reading the NCAA’s 42-page report. 

“I just heard people say it was out,” Cooper said. “It was probably more information than what we already know. I don’t pay much attention to it honestly. Whatever happens, I don’t have any control.”

The NCAA’s report listed nine allegations against the Tar Heels’ program. Several players were suspended for part or all of last season because of the allegations. However, both Cooper and North Carolina senior defensive tackle Tydreke Powell don’t hold grudges against those teammates – even though the program could see significant penalties. 

“I think all of them are great guys,” Cooper said. “We all make mistakes. I’ve made mistakes in my life and I can’t say I’m any better than them. It hurts what could have been [if those players weren’t suspended], I still love the guys, they’re my teammates, they’re Tar Heels. I don’t hold anything against them.”

Powell had similar thoughts. 

“I don’t have anything against them,” Powell said. “Everyone makes mistakes. There’s no one that’s perfect in this world, I don’t hold any grudges at all.”

Powell said the Tar Heels can’t dwell on what might happen with the upcoming penalties or it will affect this year’s performance. 

“We’ve just got to throw it over our shoulders and strap up and play,” Powell said. “No matters what happens, we’ve still got to play.

“You can’t think about it [possible infractions]. If you think about it, it will wear you down. There’s nothing we can do about it. Why think about it? If you want to come out and have a great season you have to avoid thinking about it.”


Since: Sep 8, 2010
Posted on: July 25, 2011 5:05 pm

Tar Heels not focusing on upcoming penalties

True, but unfortunatley the 9 major violations mentioned is well researched.....
Thanks Butchie!

Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2011 10:50 am

Tar Heels not focusing on upcoming penalties

To me part of the problem is the way
players act when one of their team mates does something that breaks the rules
and gets the school in trouble. The comments "don't hold a grudge",
"we all make mistakes", and "they are good guys" don't fit.
If you play an NCAA sport you need to abide by the rules regardless if you
believe they are fair, or "everybody breaks them". I would be pissed
off if a fellow player took money and benefits which caused the team and school
to suffer. They would be shunned and need to be kicked off the team with all
records of them being on the team erased. They are basically selfish criminals
whose reckless actions caused pain upon others.

Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: July 25, 2011 10:40 am

Tar Heels not focusing on upcoming penalties

Well first of all, way to do your research... Cooper is a Junior and a Guard. Is it that hard to get right?

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