NCAA clears Mississippi State after impermissible benefits probe

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Last September three SEC programs, spanning five different players, were included in a Yahoo! report involving a possible impermissible benefits probe connected to Luther Davis.

Former Mississippi State players Fletcher Cox and Chad Bumphis were included in the report, and it stated that Davis purchased airfare for Cox and Bumphis in 2011. However, CBS Sports reports that MSU has been cleared and will not face punishment; the NCAA notified Mississippi State that their role in the probe is closed.

Also included in the probe was former Alabama lineman DJ Fluker and former Tennessee players Tyler Bray and Maurice Couch. Couch, then the only current player named in the report, was ruled permanently ineligible in November.

With respect to the other two players named in the report in Fluker and Bray, the NCAA can’t find Luther Davis, and that’s essentially stalled the case at this time.

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  • Good thing bama had a player involved or they would have made an example out of msu

    • Rebel, that thinking might hold water had they come out and cleared Bama and UT all at the same time. As it is, MSU must have been truly cleared. Otherwise they absolutely would have nailed MSU to the cross.

      It all goes back to the days of Brackie Brett (i think the name is accurate) chasing Jackie Sherrill all the way to Starkville from A&m. That man and the ncaa had it in for Jackie and weren’t going to be satisfied until they hammered him. Not exactly sure why but they had it in for Jackie.

      • I realize also that eventually they may all be cleared and that may be because it is bama involved but the fact that they cleared MSU now tells me that they truly had no damning provable evidence to nail the Bulldogs.

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