The University of Tennessee announced Friday afternoon that Volunteers defensive lineman Maurice Couch has been ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA.
The University's official Twitter account releasing this statement: "The NCAA has declared Maurice Couch permanently ineligible. UT will appeal."
Couch was under investigation after allegedly receiving improper benefits.
Couch released a statement via Twitter shortly after the announcement: "At the end of the day, what's most important is I have my family, my degree, and love n support from the Volnation!" "And thanks to UT, coaches, teammates, Volnation, and everyone else involved sincerely appreciate everything you done for me."
Tennessee plays at Missouri this Saturday at 7:00 pm.