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Cooper out of boot; Bryce Brown investigated

Randy Shannon had some good news to share with reporters Wednesday morning (our Susan Miller Degnan was there). Running back Graig Cooper was out of his protective boot and back out on the practice field in limited fashion.

"Yeah, he's moving around, did some stuff," Shannon said. "I don't know if he'll be able to go in the [closed] scrimmage [Friday], but after this afternoon we'll know more."

And defensive end Olivier Vernon (ankle) was more involved, participating in blitz and third down drills.

BRYCE BROWN INVESTIGATED: The bigger news, however, could turn out to be what happens in the coming days as the younger brother of Hurricanes linebacker Arthur Brown and his adviser, Brian Butler, are investigated by the NCAA. Several news reports surfaced Wednesday saying Bryce Brown's amateur status could have been violated, making him ineligible.

Arthur Brown, now a sophomore at UM, had a relationship with Butler, too. Shannon was asked about the reports. "I never heard of it - we'll find that out," Shannon said. "Usually the NCAA, when they get involved with that, they usually tell you [with a certain time frame]... Say, it's the summertime, they'd usually tell you in the summer time or when guys report they'll let you know."

Mike DeCesare, the NCAA's assistant director for amateurism certification, talked to Bryce Brown Wednesday according to reports. No word yet if Arthur will be getting a visit.

The NCAA is looking into some of the fundraising Bryce Brown accepted in high school to visit college campuses and the role Butler played. Last year, Butler was charging a $10 fee on his website PotentialPlayers.com for recruiting updates.

> ESPN's Heather Dinich caught up with athletic director Kirby Hocutt and didn't get an answer either about Shannon's contract extension

> The Canes will hold another practice this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. I'll be out there for that. For audio interviews from practice, be sure to check our Hurricanes audio page.

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