Tennessee Volunteers: Allegations of Cash Payments to Players Could Prove Disastrous
The Tennessee Volunteers are already under a microscope and skating on thin ice from NCAA violations in the past. In fact, the Vols are on NCAA probation until Aug. 23, 2015. So new allegations that former Alabama player Luther Davis sent money to both former quarterback Tyler Bray and current defensive end Maurice Couch, among three other SEC players, is not welcome news. The other players named include former Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, former Mississippi State wide receiver Chad Bumphis and former Alabama offensive lineman D.J. Fluker. Whether the allegations are true or not, this could end badly for the Vols.
Tennessee is investigating the allegations now. Bray has moved on from Tennessee and is currently with the Kansas City Chiefs. Couch, on the other hand, is a starter on defense.
Davis has served as a liaison between prospects and NFL agents. It has been reported that he distributed close to $13,000 dollars total to the five players named in these allegations.
If the allegations are true, Couch could not only face suspension time, but it could also effect the probation on Tennessee. In addition, even though Bray is not at Tennessee anymore, his actions could affect the program.
The Vols have been given so many chances after several NCAA violations and this may be the last straw. Last year, Ohio State was deemed bowl ineligible for NCAA violations, where eight players took a total of $14,000 in cash and tattoos in exchange for jerseys, rings and other Buckeyes memorabilia. If these allegations prove to be true, Tennessee could be working towards that direction.
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