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                    === East Carolina suspends RB Cooper ===
 
 Greenville,  NC (Sports  Network) - East Carolina has suspended senior running
 back Vintavious Cooper after receiving a drug-related citation.
 
 Pirates head coach Ruffin McNeill and athletics officials were notified Friday
 that  Cooper  had been issued a  misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession 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,"
 said  McNeill.  "While Vintavious  has been  a model member  of our program up
 until this point, no one is ever immune to the accountability process."
 
 Cooper  has  been suspended indefinitely  from all team-related activities. He
 started  eight games  last season and led the Pirates with 1,049 rushing yards
 and seven touchdowns.
 
 03/08 12:50:59 ET