Ebele Okakpu had hoped to work out for NFL scouts at North Carolina's next week despite being dismissed from the team last fall.
The school has said no and isn't budging, a sign of how much times have changed in the year since letting the three biggest offenders from an NCAA investigation into the football program return to campus for pro day.
There's a new coach, a new athletic director and an intense desire for the school to distance itself from the past 21 months of turmoil.
''I didn't violate any NCAA rules. I didn't get in trouble with the law,'' Okakpu said. ''I got dismissed by a coach that's not even there, so why won't they let me just finish out?''
Okakpu, a senior linebacker from Roswell, Ga., was dismissed in October by interim coach Everett Withers for conduct detrimental to the team. He had a chance to graduate this spring, but let his grades slip after his dismissal and fell behind.
He then missed a deadline that could've allowed him return to school in January a...