Five SEC football players reportedly received extra benefits as college football players, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports.
The five players were Alabama’s DJ Fluker, Tennessee’s Tyler Bray and (current player) Maurice Couch and Mississippi State’s Fletcher Cox and Chad Bumphis.
Fluker, Bray and Cox are all on NFL rosters, but the Miami Dolphins recently released Bumphis. Couch is the only current SEC player at Tennessee.
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The report indicates the benefits came from multiple sources and involved agents. The report also included factual financial evidence and text messages belonging to former Alabama defensive lineman Luther Davis, who acted as a “concierge” to help agents and financial advisers meet potential NFL draft picks.
If found true, all allegations could impact the players’ eligibility and wins in which they participated.
Alabama AD Bill Battle responded to the Yahoo! report and said the Tide were already looking into the Fluker allegations when they were informed of the report.
“We have been aware of some of the allegations in today’s story and our compliance department was looking into this situation prior to being notified that this story was actually going to be published,” Battles statement read. “Our review is ongoing. We diligently educate our student-athletes on maintaining compliance with NCAA rules, and will continue to do so.”
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