Sep 8, 2012; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers defensive lineman Maurice Couch (44) tries to tackle Georgia State Panthers tight end Emmanuel Ogbuehi (88) during the first quarter at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee rules Maurice Couch ineligible


New Tennessee Volunteers head coach Butch Jones continues to have to deal with the mess former coaches Lane Kiffin and Derek Dooley left behind.

On Wednesday, Tennessee senior defensive end Maurice Couch was named in a Yahoo Sports report about five SEC players who received extra benefits during the time in college.

On Thursday, Jones told Clay Travis of 1045 the Zone in Nashville, Couch was been declared ineligible.

Jones told Travis Couch won’t travel to Oregon for the Volunteers matchup with the Ducks this week and said it was a “big loss.”

According to Rand Getlin and Charles Robinson, who co-authored the Yahoo report, Couch and former Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray, eceived six cash transactions via Western Union from Bruno’s Food and Pharmacy in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Bruno’s is where former Alabama Crimson Tide defensive end Luther Davis, who acted “as as an intermediary between several high-profile college football stars and multiple NFL agents and financial advisers” operated out of.

Couch had 38 tackles and a sack for the Volunteers during his junior season in 2012.

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