Vols’ Maurice Couch ruled permanently ineligible by NCAA, UT will appeal decision


The NCAA has permanently ruled Tennessee defensive tackle Maurice Couch, who has been ruled ineligible since the third week of the season by Tennessee’s compliance office, ineligible for the remainder of the season.

Couch was one of five players who were alleged to have received improper benefits, a report that included former Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray, Mississippi State’s Chad Bumphis and Fletcher Cox and Alabama lineman DJ Fluker.

There has been no other word by the NCAA regarding the status of Mississippi State, Tennessee or Alabama and whether or not they will face any sanctions from the allegations.

Tennessee will appeal the ruling.

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  • Jon, if they came to this conclusion that mean they’ve found Couch to be guilty (don’t even think he denied it) and have ruled him out forever does that mean that the investigation with Couch is over??

  • Guess he should have “borrowed” the money from a coach and got a couple of games. The NCAA compliance office is completely ridiculous.

  • I think the NCAA is so inconsistent in their punishment of players (yes, Johnny Manziel, I’m including you). How can they do this to UT’s player and let aTm’s Johnny basically and simply walk away. SMH!!!

  • Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is laughing all the way to the bank right now…… 2 game suspension for him, Couch gets perma banned

    • Why would he be laughing to the bank? Laughing as the Vols left Bryant-Denny maybe, but probably not to the bank. He borrowed money and provided proof he paid it back, and none of these players have done the same thing. These are not identical infractions. Different rules have different punishments. Stop making it something that it isn’t.

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