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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 – 8/11/11 Part Three

1.  Kentucky’s players describe new co-defensive coordinator Rick Minter as “mean,” “real aggressive,” and “in your face.”  (There aren’t many other fields where those traits would be considered positives.)

2.  Coincidentally (?) two UK defenders are leaving the program.

3.  The Wildcats’ young receivers are already pushing the vets in front of them.

4.  South Carolina is looking to improve its secondary in 2011.

5.  The strength and variety of the SEC’s offenses will test Tennessee’s young defense.

6.  Juco defensive tackle transfer Maurice Couch says being at UT is “a blessing.”

7.  The Vols’ coaches are keeping a close eye on the kicking game.

8.  Vanderbilt’s offense is deep at the tight end position…

9.  But the defense dominated in the offense in yesterday’s full-pads practice.

10.  Vandy’s basketball team will see some familiar faces on this year’s schedule.

11.  ESPN’s “College GameDay” show will be in Nashville for this year’s Kentucky/Vanderbilt game.  (And, yes, we’re talking about the basketball version of “College GameDay.”)

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SEC Headlines – 6/2/11 Part Three

1.  This writer likes the fact that the league has scrapped its divisions in basketball.

2.  Steve Spurrier says Stephen Garcia “has made a life-change commitment.”

3.  The Derek Dooley-Will Muschamp rivalry should be a lot classier than the Lane Kiffin-Urban Meyer rivalry.

4.  Dooley is in favor of closing the loopholes that coaches use to sign more than 28 players.

5.  Tennessee is counting on big things from juco defensive lineman Maurice Couch.

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Wednesday Afternoon Recruiting Links

Here are some recruiting links for your Wednesday afternoon.

1. Edward Aschoff of the Gainesville Sun has a preview of Florida’s seven early enrollees.

2. Could Will Muschamp convince a prospect from Louisiana to look at the Gators?

3. Florida and Tennessee are in the running for a South Florida defensive end.

4. A former Big 12 commit is now considering three SEC schools.

5. Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino wants to add talent to Arkansas’ receiving corps.

6. Here are the updated team rankings for 2011 from (Insider subscription required)

7. Here are some highlights of new Alabama running back commit Dee Hart.

8. Alabama will have eight early enrollees hoping to contribute next year.

9. Tennessee commit Maurice Couch isn’t interested in playing for the school’s old coach.

10. Auburn, Florida and Georgia are all in the running for cornerback Marcus Roberson.

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