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North Carolina DT Quinton Coples Signs With Allegiant Athletic Agency

Congratulations are in order for Chad Speck and Thomas Sims of Allegiant Athletic Agency (a3).  The agents have recently signed University of North Carolina Chapel-Hill defensive tackle Quinton Coples, who is likely to be a first round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft.  a3 has experienced nice success in its football and basketball divisions over the past three years, focusing much of its effort on recruiting eastern seaboard players particularly in the state of Tennessee.  Coples isn’t a Tennessean, but he is close enough in nearby North Carolina.

a3 had five clients selected in the 2011 NFL Draft.  Their highest drafted client was Curtis Brown, who was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the #95 overall pick at the end of the third round.  But this will not be the first time that a3 represents a first round pick (if in fact Coples is selected in round #1).  In 2010, a3 represented Eric Berry when he was selected #5 overall by the Kansas City Chiefs.

Hopefully a3 can hold on to Coples.  UNC football alumni have recently had issues sticking with their original representatives.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.