Another Day, Another Scandal For the NCAA and College Football

By Erik Sargent
DJ Fluker Alabama Crimson Tide
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Another week, another potentially devastating scandal for college football and the NCAA. It’s once again another scandal involving football players and receiving, you guessed it, cash benefits.

Yahoo! Sports released a report today filled with all sorts of proof from emails to text messages, money receipts and more. This is true, hard evidence that cannot be argued and is also factored in with verbal confirmation from multiple sources regarding the situation.

The Yahoo! sports team found links between NFL agents and former Alabama Crimson Tide defensive end Luther Davis. According to the report, Davis had been providing cash benefits for a select few players in the SEC and agents were going through Davis, trying to recruit the players to them due to their likelihood of being drafted.

The players being discussed in the report are all former SEC football players, headlined by former Alabama offensive tackle DJ Fluker. You might recall Fluker caught some heat for his tweet about taking cash from agents, a tweet that was deleted almost immediately.

The other players on the list were Tyler Bray and Maurice Couch of Tennessee and Chad Bumphis and Fletcher Cox of Mississippi State. Alabama safety Mark Barron is also being linked to the story.

This report comes just two days after a report from Sports Illustrated that highlighted a long list of accusations against the Oklahoma State Cowboys football program, which featured numerous players receiving benefits during the Les Miles and Mike Gundy coaching periods.

Despite all of these scandals coming at once, don’t expect much to happen anytime soon. The NCAA has become notorious for taking its sweet time with these cases, sometimes seemingly handling ones they think are important and ignoring others.

For the SEC players scandals, these infractions are worthy of wins being vacated from each program. Will the SEC actually step up to the plate and take away wins from their star program in Alabama? It seems unlikely.

We’re still waiting for a verdict on the Miami Hurricanes case from a couple of years ago, so don’t expect any news from this anytime soon.

Erik Sargent is a college football writer for Follow him on Twitter @Erik_Sargent, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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