Maurice Couch

Maurice Couch ruled permanently ineligible; Vols to appeal


At least for the time being, a scandal involving NFL agents and a handful of former/current SEC players has cost one of the latter the remainder of his collegiate playing career.

Tennessee announced Friday afternoon that defensive lineman Maurice Couch (pictured, left) has been ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA.  It was alleged in a mid-September Yahoo! report that Couch had received impermissible benefits from former Alabama defensive end Luther Davis , who reportedly served as a middleman between NFL agents, financial advisers and college football players.

The Vols stated that they intend to appeal the NCAA’s decision.

“At the end of the day, what’s most important is I have my family, my degree, and love n support from the Volnation!” Couch wrote on Twitter shortly after UT’s announcement. “And thanks to UT, coaches, teammates, Volnation, and everyone else involved sincerely appreciate everything you done for me.”

Couch was ruled ineligible by UT one day after that report surfaced and has kept the redshirt senior sidelined for the past six games.  Couch will remain sidelined while the university goes through the appeals process.

The lineman was the only current player mentioned by name in the report.  The other players mentioned were from the SEC but are no longer playing at the collegiate level: Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker, Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray, Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and receiver Chad Bumphis.

There has been no word yet on whether Alabama, Mississippi State or Tennessee will face sanctions from the NCAA over the allegations.  Each of the schools with players connected to the impermissible benefits scandal are in the midst of conducting internal investigations.

Diagnosed with bovine leukemia, Bevo XIV retires immediately

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Turns out Steve Spurrier isn’t the only iconic college football figure to retire this week.

Texas announced Tuesday evening Bevo XIV has been diagnosed with bovine leukemia and has been retired to his pasture, effective immediately.

Bevo XIV missed Saturday’s stunning upset of then-No. 10 Oklahoma with what the school called a “life threatening” illness, and rumors circulated around the internet this week he had passed away.

Bevo XIV officially hangs up his horns with a 106-41 record with two national championship appearances.

There is no word at press time on a possible debut of Bevo XV.

Dabo Swinney won’t stop talking about “Clemsoning”

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Urban Dictionary defines “Clemsoning” as “the act of an inexplicably disappointing performance, usually within the context of a college football season.”

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was asked about the phenomenon following the Tigers’ destruction of Georgia Tech Saturday and promptly went off. The question, asked by ESPN’s David Hale, was in reference to Swinney’s program shaking the label – Saturday marked Clemson’s 34th straight win over an unranked opponent – but Swinney didn’t see it that way.

Armed with some new facts (Clemson SID Tim Bourret noted 50 teams have fallen as ranked opponents to unranked foes since the Tigers last did so on Nov. 19, 2011), Swinney again targeted the “Clemsoning” label.

“I think it’s an agenda. It’s just bias,” Swinney told the Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier Tuesday. “People are uneducated. They’re just ignorant and lazy because they’re not looking at the facts. If they did, they’d be focused on other schools and not Clemson. They’d be dialed in on what Clemson has done. There aren’t three other schools in the country as consistent as Clemson, in all aspects.”

I hate to break it to you, Dabo: you are absolutely correct, but the term, as they say, has been coined.

Just go beat Florida State, beat South Carolina, win the ACC and win a national title and maybe Urban Dictionary will delete that pesky page out of a sign of respect.

Also, No. 5 Clemson hosts unranked Boston College on Saturday. This would be a very, very unfortunate time for the Tigers to suffer an upset.