Five SEC football players reportedly received extra benefits in college


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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.

Tennessee doesn’t have as much at stake, but Alabama has championships on the line with Fluker and MSU is already on NCAA probation until 2015. Remember when Fluker’s Twitter account was ‘hacked’?


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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  • Looks like its time to “lawyer up” and challenge the SEC. It doesn’t seem like any of the players mentioned want to comment on the allegations thus far. The difference between this instance ant the recent others (Manziel, Newton, and the Auburn HBO guys) is the alleged money trail. Either way, we’re just another step away from the demise of “amateur status” in major college athletics.

    • To add, these allegations (still significant) are minor in comparison to the issues concerning Oklahoma State and Miami. I’m wondering if Davis and Fluker’s prior relationship serves as a “loophole” in dealing with NCAA statutes.

      • Minor compared but major enough for Bama to have to vacate 2012 wins, including the NC if found to be truth. Sucks that this happens when schools do as much as they can to teach the student athletes what they can and cannot accept. ESPN is reporting a total around $45,000 to the players named.

    • Fact or fiction… I am sure the report has some of both. Aside from that, I think its time to shed the amateurism in all of college sports. How I am not sure, but something along the lines of players being able to make extracurricular money off their name for one thing (jersey sales, appearances, autographs, etc…). Student Athletes are basically slaves to the NCAA.

  • Jon, you didn’t mention Tennessee’s and Mississippi State’s probation status. Any thoughts?

  • suspend them all for 1 half.

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