Current and former Vol alleged to have received improper benefits

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A Yahoo investigation released Wednesday accuses five former SEC players of receiving improper benefits.

Former UT Quarterback Tyler Bray and current Defensive Lineman Maurice Couch are among the accused players.

Yahoo Sports authenticated six transactions tied to Bray and Couch. All were cash transfers and included processing receipts issued after each transaction. Five of the transactions were prior to the 2012 season and one took place during the 2012 season.
Bray's agent Steve Dubin declined to comment.
The yahoo sports report written by Rand Getlin and Charles Robinson produces records an receipts to back their claims...
Alleged are cash payouts ranging from 200 to 700 dollars on six different occasions. Three each for bray and couch with the final one taking place last
November...
Bray of course is with the chiefs in the NFL. Couch is
a member of team 117, but will not play Saturday against Oregon trying to overcome heat exhaustion suffered in practice Tuesday.
UT ALSO ISSUED THIS STATEMENT FROM SENIOR ASSOCIATE ATHLETICS DIRECTOR FOR COMMUNICATIONS JIMMY STANTON:
"The education of our student-athletes regarding NCAA rules and extra benefits is and will continue to be the central focus of our compliance efforts. We are aware of the article and examining all of the relevant facts, and we will not comment further."
On the weekly Vol calls program Wednesday night,, coach Jones had this to say about the matter:
"...the only thing I can comment on is what we've done since we've been here."

Yahoo! Sports Exclusive Documents and text messages reveal impermissible benefits to five SEC football players

According to an investigation released today by Yahoo Sports’ Rand Getlin and Charles Robinson, at least five Southeastern Conference football stars violated NCAA rules by receiving extra benefits prior to completing their collegiate careers. 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.

Yahoo Sports found that three agents and three financial advisers moved at least $45,550 to former Crimson Tide defensive end Luther Davis who acted as an intermediary between them and the players. 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.

Read the full two part story at:
http://yhoo.it/19IB8jW and http://yhoo.it/14G8eCV

View gallery of documents at: http://yhoo.it/17QICSx

Noah Gold
DKC Public Relations, Marketing & Government Affairs


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