KNOXVILLE – Former Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray and current defensive tackle Maurice Couch have both been named in a Yahoo! Sports report on SEC players who received impermissible cash benefits while in college.
Bray, now with the Kansas City Chiefs, and Couch allegedly received a combined six cash transfers from former Alabama defensive end Luther Davis, who, according to the report, acted as an “intermediary” between college football players and NFL agents and financial advisers.
“All were cash transfers and included processing receipts issued after each transaction,” Yahoo! reported of the alledged payment. “Five of the transactions were prior to the 2012 season, and one took place during the 2012 season.”
Five total SEC players were named in the report: Bray, Couch, former Alabama offensive lineman D.J. Fluker, former Mississippi State defensive lineman Fletcher Cox and former MSU receiver Chad Bumphis.
Couch is the only active college player involved. The 6-foot-2, 305-pound lineman left practice Tuesday due to “overheating,” according to coach Butch Jones. He didn’t practice Wednesday and Jones said on his weekly call-in show Wednesday night that he won’t play at Oregon Saturday due to heat-related issues.
Jones briefly touched on the Yahoo! report on his radio show Wednesday.
“The only thing I can comment [on] is what we have done,” Jones said on air. “We take great pride in our agent education and our compliance education.”
The Vols are currently on probation through August 23, 2015 for past NCAA infractions.