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Ex-MSU Players To Work With School In Agent Investigation

mrsec-breaking-newsFormer Mississippi State footballers Fletcher Cox and Chad Bumphis — two players Yahoo! Sports alleges received money from agents/runners — will cooperate with the school’s own internal investigation. That according to CBSSports.com’s Jeremy Fowler who cites two unnamed sources.

Bumphis hung up on a reporter for The Jackson Clarion-Ledger when contacted about the story last evening.

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Report: Five SEC Players Received Extra Benefits, Violated NCAA Rules

mrsec-breaking-newsAccording to an investigation by Yahoo Sports, four former and one current SEC player violated NCAA rules by receiving extra benefits.  Yahoo says the recipients of those benefits were:

- Alabama tackle D.J. Fluker

- Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray

- Tennessee defensive lineman Maurice Couch

- Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox

- Mississippi State wide receiver Chad Bumphis

Fluker, Bray and Cox are now in the NFL. Bumphis was recently released by Miami.  Couch is a senior at Tennessee.

Yahoo says identities of the player were revealed from financial and text message records belonging to former Alabama defensive end Luther Davis. A source alleges Davis was acting as an intermediary between college players and multiple NFL agents and financial advisors.

Yahoo found financial records, including Western Union wire transfers and flight receipts, linking Davis to the five SEC players. All told, Yahoo says records show agents and financial advisers moved at least $45,550 to Davis between September 2011 and December 2012.

For D.J. Fluker – Yahoo Sports authenticated multiple transactions tying Fluker to Davis and others, including cash transfers, hotel stays, furniture, airline flights and other expenses.

For Tyler Bray and Maurice Couch – Yahoo authenticated six transactions – all were cash transfers.

For Fletcher Cox and Chad Bumphis – Yahoo authenticated airfare purchases.

If proven by the NCAA, the organization could retroactively nullify a portion of each player’s eligibility.

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SEC Headlines – 4/26/12

Quickie day of headlines today — more business meetings — but here’s what’s happening around the conference:

 

1.  This fine writer says college football’s new playoff needs a selection committee.  (That means it’s one of the few times we find ourselves disagreeing with him.)

2.  If the Georgia Dome is demolished — which is a possibility — a retractable roof dome could house the SEC Championship Game.

3.  Need more evidence of “The Nick Saban Effect?”  Bama was completely shut out of the NFL draft just four years ago.  Tonight, they’ll practically own it.

4.  Brandon Moseley will likely be Auburn’s first drafted player this week.  (Meaning in this week’s draft… obviously the Tigers have had a few folks drafted in prior years.  Hyuck-hyuck.)

5.  SEC coaches have good things to say about John L. Smith’s appointment at Arkansas.

6.  Les Miles was a last minute scratch for an LSU booster party last night due to a “a team and personnel matter.”  (Can we call him “No-Show” like The Possum?)

7.  Ole Miss offensive lineman Bobby Massie is hoping his decision to leave school early pays off tonight.

8.  MSU defensive lineman Fletcher Cox, meanwhile, is a sure-fire first-rounder.  (It’s likely, then, that State will have first-round picks in back-to-back years for the first time since the early-80s.)

9.  Texas A&M will open the 2013 football season against old SWC foe Rice.

10.  Florida’s talent dip in football will be revealed beginning tonight.

11.  Georgia answered some — but not all — questions this spring.

12.  Some ex-Kentucky players are hoping for some NFL love this week.

13.  South Carolina defensive line coach Brad Lawing helped turn around the attitude and career of Melvin Ingram.

14.  Tennessee is cutting back on the number of walk-ons Cuonzo Martin can carry on his basketball team.

15.  After a season of butting heads, James Franklin and quarterback Jordan Rodgers are now on the same page at Vanderbilt.

16.  Missouri’s Frank Haith has promoted Tim Fuller to the role of associate head coach.

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SEC Headlines – 11/3/11 Part One

1.  Auburn quarterback Clint Moseley knows that opposing defenses focus on stopping Mike Dyer… which creates more opportunities in the passing game.

2.  Fewer Wildcat snaps for Kiehl Frazier has helped Moseley find his rhythm, too.

3.  Meeting Saturday night, Arkansas and South Carolina have both been slow starters in 2011.

4.  The Razorbacks are preparing for an improved Gamecock defense.  (Though we suggest you look here, too.)

5.  Ole Miss’ Bryson Rose is just four field goals away from snapping Fuad Reveiz’s SEC record of 18 consecutive made field goals back in 1984.

6.  The Rebels will face a Kentucky defense this weekend that features two players “that would get major playing time at Alabama.”

7.  MSU’s defense is bending… but it’s not breaking.

8.  Bulldog defensive tackle Fletcher Cox makes life easier for those players around him.

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SEC Headlines – 11/1/11

1.  With Auburn’s football team enjoying an open date this week, Tony Barbee’s basketball squad tips off its exhibition schedule tonight.

2.  Despite some close calls, Arkansas is 7-1 and preparing for a Top 10 battle with South Carolina.

3.  Defensive end Kentrell Lockett says he’s fully recovered from his knee injury at Ole Miss.

4.  Mississippi State defensive lineman Fletcher Cox continues to dominate.

5.  Florida’s Will Muschamp isn’t taking losing very well.

6.  Here’s a by-the-numbers look at Georgia.

7.  Joker Phillips says Kentucky’s attitude is still fine despite five losses in the team’s last six games.

8.  South Carolina’s defense is drawing plenty of praise.

9.  Linebacker Herman Lathers is healthy enough to practice at Tennessee for the first time since preseason.

10.  As Vanderbilt’s O-line improves, up goes the Commodores’ point production.

11.  Will Missouri be a cultural fit with the SEC?  (As if Arkansas and Florida and Vanderbilt and South Carolina and Alabama all have identical cultures.)

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5 MSU Players Suspended, Not 10, For Tonight’s Game

Mississippi State officials have confirmed that there have been some suspensions on the Bulldog football team.  But only half as many as had been reported on Twitter.

Starting defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, backup left tackle Blaine Clausell, backup quarterback Dylan Favre, linebacker Chris Hughes and receiver Malcolm Johnson are all suspended for “various violations of team policies.” 

All five are expected to return next week against Auburn.

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Report: 10 MSU Players Won’t Play Tonight

According to reports on Twitter — argh! — 10 Mississippi State football players will not dress out for tonight’s game at Memphis.  That list includes starting defensive tackle Fletcher Cox.
 
Stay tuned… this could be an avalanche of Twitter baloney.

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