KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee coach Butch Jones says defensive lineman Maurice Couch has been ruled ineligible for Saturday's game against No. 2 Oregon while the university investigates allegations he was one of five Southeastern Conference players to receive improper benefits.
Jones said during his weekly interview Thursday with Nashville radio station 104.5 said that "right now our compliance group is currently in the process of working through all the details and logistics of the situation."
Yahoo Sports reported Couch received $1,350 from former Alabama defensive end Luther Davis, who served as a go-between for NFL agents and financial advisers. Other players who allegedly received money from Davis: former Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker, former Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray, former Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and former Mississippi State receiver Chad Bumphis.
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