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A former athlete who acted as a runner for NFL agents allegedly funneled cash to Tennessee defensive tackle Mo Couch and former Vols quarterback Tyler Bray, according to a report by Yahoo! Sports published online on Wednesday.
Yahoo! said it authenticated six cash transfers in which former Alabama player Luther Davis sent money via Western Union to Couch or Bray. The transactions occurred primarily during the summer of 2012, although one payment occurred during the 2012 season.
Tennessee said it was looking into the allegations.
"The education of our student-athletes regarding NCAA rules and extra benefits is and will continue to be the central focus of our compliance efforts," senior associate athletic director Jimmy Stanton said in a statement. "We are aware of the article and are examining all of the relevant facts, and we will not comment further."
Tennessee is on NCAA probation through Aug. 23, 2015. The probation was extended by two years last November after the NCAA ruled that former UT assistant Willie Mack Garza provided impermissible travel and lodging to a former prospect.
The report alleges that three other SEC players received cash from Davis -- Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker, Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and MSU wideout Chad Bumphis.
The report described Davis as a “concierge” who helped agents and financial advisers meet potential NFL draft picks.
Yahoo! said it idenitified three agents -- Andy Simms, Peter Schaffer and John Phillips -- and three financial advisers -- Jason Jernigan, Mike Rowan and Hodge Brahmbhatt -- who provided $45,500 to Davis. Yahoo! said Simms, Schaffer, Phillips and Rowan confirmed giving money to Davis, but said they did not instruct him to provide it to players.
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