Report: 2 Vols allegedly accepted improper benefits

Report: Former Vols QB Tyler Bray, current DE Maurice Couch allegedly accepted impermissible benefits

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Five Southeastern Conference football stars including former quarterback Tyler Bray and current defensive end Maurice Couch are accused of violating NCAA rules by accepting improper benefits, according to an investigation by Yahoo Sports. 


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The benefits were also allegedly conveyed to University of Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker, Mississippi State University defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and Mississippi State wideout Chad Bumphis.

The players' identities were revealed in financial and text message records belonging to former Crimson Tide defensive end Luther Davis, which were turned over to Yahoo Sports by an anonymous source.

Yahoo's sources say Davis acted as a "concierge" between budding NFL draft picks, agents and financial advisers following his college career.

Davis did not comment, but Yahoo Sports was able to authenticate the records.

If proven by the NCAA, the transactions could violate Bylaw 12.3.1.2, which prohibits athletes from receiving benefits from agents or marketing representatives. This could also retroactively nullify a portion of each player's eligibility.

In a statement to 6 News, UT Associate Athletic Director Jimmy Stanton said, "The education of our student-athletes regarding NCAA rules and extra benefits is and will continue to be the central focus of our compliance efforts. We are aware of the article and are examining all of the relevant facts, and we will not comment further."

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