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ECU star running back suspended for drug charge

By Brian North
Published On: Mar 11 2013 03:31:49 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 08 2013 04:52:58 PM CST
Vintavious Cooper
GREENVILLE -

East Carolina senior running back Vintavious Cooper has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities effective immediately, after receiving an on-campus drug-related citation, according to an announcement from Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeill Friday.

The disciplinary action came after McNeill and athletics officials were made aware Friday morning of a misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge issued to Cooper by the ECU Police Department late Thursday.

"We have conduct standards in place and our expectations are that those are followed to the letter, especially by seniors who are in leadership roles," McNeill said. "While Vintavious has been a model member of our program up until this point, no one is ever immune to the accountability process."

Cooper, who transferred into the ECU program from Southwest Mississippi Community College last fall after a notable prep career at Clinch (Ga.) High School, started eight of 13 games and rushed for a team-best 1,049 yards and seven touchdowns during the 2012 campaign. He authored four 100-yard rushing contests, which included a career-high 172-yard effort at UAB on Oct. 20.