UNC, Cohen Staying in Contact

The sophomore guard is expected to rejoin the football program.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina hopes to have sophomore offensive guard Jared Cohen back on the team by January, if not sooner, according to offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic.

UNC announced on Aug. 3 that Cohen was taking an indefinite personal leave of absence.

“I’m in contact with him and his family and they’re great people,” Kapilovic said after practice on Tuesday. “They’re just trying to work through some things. Obviously, each day that goes by, he won’t be here in the fall, but the plans are if he’s not here in the fall, then he’ll be with us in January.”

If Cohen elects not to take classes this fall, he potentially could utilize the NCAA’s missed term exception to maintain his eligibility. The exception [Bylaw 14.4.3.6(a)] allows for a student-athlete’s progress-toward-degree requirements (18 hours over two semesters) to be prorated to nine hours if a term is missed provided the student-athlete was eligible at the time of departure.

“We talked about ‘hey, just taking a couple of classes, keep yourself mentally sharp,’” Kapilovic said. “His parents have talked about getting a job, and again, just working through the issues. Hopefully he’ll be back.”

The Owings Mills, Md. native played in all 13 games as a true freshman in 2014 and started against Clemson and East Carolina. He was expected to be the top reserve at guard this fall.


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