Move over Sports Illustrated, Yahoo! Sports may have just published the biggest college football bombshell of the week. Yahoo! is reporting that five players, all of whom played or currently play at an SEC school, took impermissible benefits during their time in college. The list includes former Alabama tackle D.J. Fluker, former Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray, former Mississippi State tackle Fletcher Cox, former Mississippi State wideout Chad Bumphis and current Tennessee defensive end Maurice Couch.
The identities of these players were revealed in a web of financial and text message records belonging to former Crimson Tide defensive end Luther Davis. The records were turned over to Yahoo Sports by a source with ties to the NFL agent community who alleged that Davis was acting as an intermediary between several high-profile college football stars and multiple NFL agents and financial advisers.
The report includes many documented examples of each player’s alleged violations. It also makes you recall a few interesting occurrences from the past year – namely regarding Fluker and Bray.
In April, Fluker’s Twitter account posted a message that claimed he got paid in college. Fluker’s agent claimed his client’s account was hacked. Similarly, Bray once told reporters that he gets “paid to win football games”. Bray tried to claim that he meant that his education was being paid for.
Something tells me both of these stories are going to get a second look.