Yahoo Sports and WBIR partner Volquest.com are reporting that five SEC football players violated NCAA rules prior to completing college, including two Vols.
The Yahoo report says former UT quarterback Tyler Bray and senior defensive lineman Maurice Couch were among those to receive improper benefits from a former Alabama player, Luther Davis, who was working as an intermediary for several NFL agents.
Other players named in the report are Alabama offensive tackle D. J. Fluker, and 2 Mississippi State players, Fletcher Cox and Chad Bumphis. Couch is the only player still in college.
The report says Davis acted as the middle man between NFL agents and the players, periodically wiring them money. Davis' financial records, text messages and receipts were used by Yahoo to confirm the story.
Yahoo Sports was able to verify six transactions tied to Bray and Coach, all between $200 to $700. Five of the transactions were prior to the 2012 season.
Bray and Couch played in all 12 games last season. Couch is currently on the team and played in the last two games. That is significant, because if the NCAA proves they received money and broke their amateur status, those wins could be vacated.
Coach Jones said Couch say out Wednesday's practice because of heat exhaustion, and does not know if he will make the trip to Oregon.