Tennessee will face Oregon Saturday without defensive lineman Maurice Couch. Coach Butch Jones says Tennessee’s compliance department has declared the senior ineligible for the game.
The announcement comes on the heels of a report from Yahoo! Sports alleging Couch and four former SEC players received improper extra benefits. In the case of Couch, the only active player mentioned, the claim is that he received four payments totaling $1,350.
Jones made the announcement Thursday night.
“As of right now, the situation with Mo Couch is we’ve declared him ineligible for this game. Right now our compliance group is currently in the process of working through all the details and logistics of the situation. That’s all we kind of know right now, but as of right now moving forward, he will not make the trip to Oregon.”
And what about his status for the rest of the season?
“All I can speak of right now is the present. and the present is he will not be accompanying us to Oregon.”
Tennessee is a four-touchdown underdog at Oregon tomorrow. We’ll post our game predictions later today.
Update: Couch apologizes on Twitter.
— maurice couch (@MoTrilla44) September 13, 2013