Skip to comments.Documents, text messages reveal impermissible benefits to five SEC players
Posted on 09/11/2013 5:16:10 PM PDT by FlJoePa
Five Southeastern Conference football stars violated NCAA rules by receiving extra benefits prior to completing their collegiate careers, a Yahoo Sports investigation has found. The benefits which in some cases came from multiple individuals were conveyed to University of Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker, University of Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray, Tennessee defensive end Maurice Couch, Mississippi State University defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and Mississippi State wideout Chad Bumphis.
Fluker, Bray and Cox are all currently on NFL rosters. Bumphis was recently released by the Miami Dolphins. Couch is a senior starter for the Volunteers this season.
The identities of these players were revealed in a web of financial and text message records belonging to former Crimson Tide defensive end Luther Davis. The records were turned over to Yahoo Sports by a source with ties to the NFL agent community who alleged that Davis was acting as an intermediary between several high-profile college football stars and multiple NFL agents and financial advisers.
Luther Davis played for Alabama from 2007-10. (Getty Images) Davis declined to comment for this story. However, Yahoo Sports was able to authenticate text message records, Western Union fund transfers, banking statements, flight receipts and other financial material linking both Davis and the five college football players. Yahoo Sports also found that three NFL agents and three financial advisers engaged Davis in transactions totaling $45,550. The three agents were Andy Simms, Peter Schaffer and John Phillips. The financial advisers were Jason Jernigan, Mike Rowan and Hodge Brahmbhatt.
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I suspect T Boone Pickens U is now at the top of their list.
They’ll never touch the sec. Their overlord (espn) won’t allow it.
Can’t wait until 2016 when the NCAA renders its decision on this.
Any pretense of the "amateur" athlete is long gone.
Well, in the meantime they have rules that other schools are playing by. The ncaa is supposed to guarantee a level playing field.
Bama needs to prepare for vacation of wins and the sending back of their little crystal footballs. Just like USC had to.
Who cares? The NCAA, its schools and ESPN makes hundreds of millions off these players. Let them benefit financially too. It’s THEIR talent nd THEIR risk if they get injured. I am so sick of this “amateur” hypocrisy. If the players must forego any “benefits” then let the NCAA and ESPN forego any ad revenue “benefits”.
But what about the teams that actually abide by the rules?
There’s one school that has never had a major ncaa infraction in ANY sport in their history - while graduating 90% of their athletes. Why were they punished for something they had nothing to do with?
So you think it’s ok to recruit illiterates, and pay them just to put together a good football team? I though college was supposed to be more than that.
Its nearly impossible for a school to have complete control over boosters. Now if the administration of the school is found to have been involved, then a punishment is certainly deserved.
That’s not what the rules state. The head coach is responsible for the boosters. You might want to try to sell that story to USC - see how they buy it.
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