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Maurice Couch ruled permanently ineligible; Vols to appeal

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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.

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11 Responses to “Maurice Couch ruled permanently ineligible; Vols to appeal”
  1. auburntigers34 says: Nov 1, 2013 3:14 PM

    I don’t understand how this kid loses all of his remaining eligibility for taking money from an agent and Clinton-Dix loses two games for taking money from one of his coaches.

    But then again, this is the NCAA that we’re talking about.

  2. jason1214 says: Nov 1, 2013 3:39 PM

    Because borrowing $400 from a coach and paying it back is quite different than taking money from an agent. I suppose you still think Cam was pristine? The problem is the NFL needs to work with the NCAA to prevent rougue agents, middlemen from even getting to the players.

  3. dcandyman1 says: Nov 1, 2013 4:06 PM

    your kidding me , illegal money laundry in the sec, what is next, someone may actually graduate from there?

  4. auburntigers34 says: Nov 1, 2013 4:36 PM

    Yes, i still think that Cam Newton was pristine. Do you have any proof that he wasn’t?

    And there’s no problem with a member of the coaching staff “loaning” a player on his team $400? Julie Roe Lach came at Auburn with everything that she had and couldn’t even come up with a minor infraction.

    Auburn went on probation in the early 90s because a player asked a coach for grocery money to feed his family. How is the Clinton-Dix situation any different? It’s not

    when Saban’s buddy Emmert is out of the picture, *maybe* they’ll start treating bama like everyone else.

  5. Anoesis says: Nov 1, 2013 6:22 PM

    “Lack of institutional control.”

    If the ham-handed hypocrite Paul Dee were still in charge of compliance would he issue semi-death penalties like he gave USC?

    I hope no school ever again has to go through that just because the NCAA has some idiotic idea that a school can monitor (ex)athletes 24/7.

    When an athlete, on his own, breaks the rules then that athlete alone should bear the brunt of penalties.

    To address those who have left school, and thus the NCAA’s current reach, perhaps new rules are needed that allows for the recovery of the cost of a scholarship. Took ten grand from an agent in your senior year to sign with that agent later? Hope you get a good pro contract because now you owe the $100,000 cost of your scholarship.

    Something’s gotta change. Either start paying college players to lessen the lure of money from agents and the like or put in penalties that address an individual’s rules violations separate from any reasonable control of the university.

    Reggie Bush screwed USC (with a ton of help from Dee) by letting an agent get his folks a house rent-free in San Diego. Yet it’s the university, the athletic department, and its fans who are paying the price while that underhanded turd makes millions in the NFL.

  6. normtide says: Nov 1, 2013 6:41 PM

    An auburn fan saying that the NCAA is in Bama’s pocket? Now that is rich

  7. auburntigers34 says: Nov 1, 2013 7:22 PM

    Emmert hired Saban at LSU and Derrick Crawford(director of enforcement) is a bama grad.

    Yeah, nothing to see here.

  8. normtide says: Nov 1, 2013 7:56 PM

    Then it would seem that Saban owed him a favor, not the other way.

    I don’t come here and bash Auburn. My post usually are favorable to AU. But come on man, auburn fans should count their chips. They can’t complain about other programs getting by on infractions. The tiger prowl ring a bell? Cam Newton? Cecil Newton? Selana Roberts, an actual auburn grad? All I’m saying is don’t throw rocks at your glass university. On Nov 1, 2013 6:22 PM, “CollegeFootballTalk” wrote:

    > ** > auburntigers34 commented: “Emmert hired Saban at LSU and Derrick > Crawford(director of enforcement) is a bama grad. Yeah, nothing to see > here.”

  9. dcroz says: Nov 1, 2013 8:08 PM

    auburntigers34: “Auburn went on probation in the early 90s because a player asked a coach for grocery money to feed his family.”

    Yeah, go with that selective memory. Eric Ramsey did far more than ask for “grocery” money. He asked coaches several times for payouts and other benefits. And how do we know this? Why, Ramsey carried a tape recorder in his pants without the coaches’ knowledge, and after he graduated, he tried to sell his tape to Sports Illustrated. And Auburn fought the charge, which is what really got them into trouble when the NCAA ruled against them. But go right ahead; next you’ll be claiming Cam Newton paid Auburn for the privilege to play football there.

  10. auburntigers34 says: Nov 1, 2013 8:20 PM

    Selena Roberts is a hack. After her reporting on the Duke Lacrosse team, you really think that she has ANY credibility left? There’s a reason that she’s nothing more than a blogger now.

    As far as Eric Ramsey goes, what else was there? Someone cosigning for an $1,800 loan on a used car?

    How many bama players are driving Chargers, Yukons, and Tahoes right now? How many of them got their rims from the booster at Hot Wheelz? How about TT’s Menswear?

    There’s 2 bama players involved in this very story(if you count Luther Davis).

    I don’t make a habit of commenting on these stories about bama, but there’s clearly a double standard. There’s no way that a player taking $ from a member of the coaching staff only warrants a 2 game suspension. It’s ridiculous.

  11. scbaby2013 says: Nov 1, 2013 10:13 PM

    They should get sanctioned but I bet they won’t

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