Report: Mo Couch, Tyler Bray, other SEC players received cash from alleged agent representative

Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray (8) leaves the field after Mississippi State defeated the Vols 41-31 at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray (8) leaves the field after Mississippi State defeated the Vols 41-31 at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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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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BigVolFanForLife writes:

If this is true Mo needs to get the boot. As much as we don't need the defensive loss this is just unacceptable and will give us a black eye that we don't need as well as the possible penalties we could incur. We're already on probation until 2015.

bUTch__please writes:

Buy Mo. Hope it was worth it.
At least we don't have to worry about vacating any big games Bray won for us.

Okay UTAD compliance...jump this chit like a duck onna June bug. Toss the 2A whatever it takes... be quick about it. While you're there, ask for the Oregon discount and tell 'em Johnny Football sent you.

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

As sad as this report may turn out and the consequences Tennessee may face in regards to it, I am waiting if the story is true to see what happens to the agents and financial planners. They will probably get 10 lashes across the forehead with a wet noodle.

halhhaynes#364264 writes:

What are the implications? Forfeited wins? Dismissal of Mo? What are the implications for Bama and MSU? This could get real interesting.

UTForever writes:

This story is very disturbing and raises more questions than it answers. Tennessee was going nowhere last year. Why would Davis serve as a conduit to someone like Bray who was erratically quarterbacking Tennessee to a losing season? My great concern is that point shaving or some other controlled manipulation of the game may be at play. This could explain why Bray, who had great raw talent, was so inconsistent. Let's hope and pray that manipulation was not in play.

Vol1968 writes:

Well, that explains how Bray got his beer money. If proven, Bye Mo.

oldvol59 writes:

in response to UTForever:

This story is very disturbing and raises more questions than it answers. Tennessee was going nowhere last year. Why would Davis serve as a conduit to someone like Bray who was erratically quarterbacking Tennessee to a losing season? My great concern is that point shaving or some other controlled manipulation of the game may be at play. This could explain why Bray, who had great raw talent, was so inconsistent. Let's hope and pray that manipulation was not in play.

I never thought of that angle. He sure did go south on us late in some close games though. If these allegations are true, What ever the motive it is disgusting and a shame that now that he is a pro he will escape all punishment

slb1zellwood#1421797 writes:

This the world today. There are more blood suckers and con artist out there just waiting to jump on anything they think will make them a buck, these kids are easy prey and I can assure you there are many more like Couch and Bray just waiting to be had by these guys. Will paying these kids like the old ball coach wants to do stop this? Nope because it is like I said above "The World Today". Sad but true I'm afraid.

Vol1968 writes:

I think it means record he broke of Manning's should be vacated. If he received one then he needs to pay back all scholarship money.

ThirdCreek writes:

Couch wanted "Mo Money" apparently.

Seriously though this is a real sucker punch by Bray and Couch to the UT football program if the allegations are true. It might explain why Bray decided to leave early with a year of eligibility remaining.

Dooley reminds me of Kiffin in this regard with a lack of oversight that results in more penalties against the Vols. I feel bad for Butch Jones walking into this situation.

RoadTrip writes:

This will have minimal impact on the program if proved. Johnny Football made sure of that.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to ThirdCreek:

Couch wanted "Mo Money" apparently.

Seriously though this is a real sucker punch by Bray and Couch to the UT football program if the allegations are true. It might explain why Bray decided to leave early with a year of eligibility remaining.

Dooley reminds me of Kiffin in this regard with a lack of oversight that results in more penalties against the Vols. I feel bad for Butch Jones walking into this situation.

Though I have rarely had occasion to defend Kiffen or Dooley, it is just not reasonable to expect any coach to monitor all his players 24/7. The story shows that the "agents" and their minions went to great lengths to hide these transactions. This is not nearly the same kind of case that seems to be building against Oklahoma State, where it is alleged that COACHES were giving players money and other even less-savory inducements. But you are certainly correct that CBJ may suffer some of the consequences if these accounts are correct and the NCAA decides to mete out punishment.

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