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Report: Miss. St. cleared by NCAA in Luther Davis probe

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Seven months after Mississippi State was one of three SEC school publicly connected to yet another impermissible benefits imbroglio, it appears the Bulldogs are in the clear.

Jeremy Fowler of, citing a source with direct knowledge of the situation, writes that “Mississippi State will not face punishment over the alleged illicit benefits published in a Yahoo Sports report” and that “[t]he NCAA notified the Bulldogs that it considers the school’s role in the matter closed.”

In mid-September last year, Yahoo Sports reported that a total of five players from Alabama, Mississippi State and Tennessee 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.

A pair of former MSU players, defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and receiver Chad Bumphis, were named in the report as having received impermissible benefits from Davis in the form of airfare while they were in college. An internal investigation by the university found no wrongdoing, a finding with which the NCAA concurred.

The only current player — at the time — named by Yahoo in its report was UT defensive lineman Maurice Couch, who was ruled permanently ineligible by the Vols in early November.

The other players named in the report were Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker and Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray; there’s no word on the status of the NCAA’s probe into those two programs, with Fowler writing that “the NCAA can’t find Luther Davis, which has stalled the case.”

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4 Responses to “Report: Miss. St. cleared by NCAA in Luther Davis probe”
  1. brianincbus says: Apr 21, 2014 12:03 PM

    Color me shocked that the NCAA is letting a SEC school slide on impermissable benefits. I mean the NCAA never lets the SEC get away with illegal benefits, academic fraud, and oversigning. /sarcasm off

  2. rolltide510 says: Apr 21, 2014 12:47 PM

    ^ Dude, it’s Mississippi State. What are they going to do, vacate wins?

  3. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Apr 21, 2014 12:47 PM

    The NCAA had to let them off because if they did not then they would have to admit that BAMMA was wrong to. They have no power to enforce rules anymore and should be disbanded replaced by individual conference rules committees.

  4. rponciano says: Apr 21, 2014 1:19 PM

    Internal Investigations will be the wave of the future. This way Emmert, Duncan and Hosty won’t take the heat for future investigations in Question.

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