Posted November 01, 2013

Tennessee DT Maurice Couch ruled permanently ineligible

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Maurice Couch (Collegiate Images/Getty Images)

Tennessee defensive tackle Maurice Couch had 79 tackles in 26 career games. (Collegiate Images/Getty Images)

The NCAA has declared Tennessee senior defensive tackle Maurice Couch permanently ineligible after Couch was found to have received improper benefits from an agent, the Vols announced on Friday.

UT plans to appeal the decision.

Couch was one of four current FBS players and one former player implicated in a September report from Yahoo! Sports alleging that the players violated NCAA rules by receiving extra benefits. Couch was said to have received four payments totaling $1,350.

Such actions would violate NCAA Bylaw 12.3.1.2, which prohibits student-athletes from receiving benefits from agents.

On Sept. 12, Tennessee’s compliance staff ruled Couch ineligible as it continued to investigate the allegations and await word from the NCAA. He last played in the Vols’ Sept. 7 game against Western Kentucky.

A redshirt senior from Orlando, Couch played in 26 career games at Tennessee, amassing 79 total tackles, 3.5 sacks and 12 tackles for loss in his UT career.

After the news broke, Couch thanked UT fans on Twitter.

8 comments
DonaldHall
DonaldHall

Should have played for AM, signed autographs for thousands and he would still be playing. Evidently Tenn doesn't have as well helped backers as AM, Aurburn, etc.

hoopc1
hoopc1

Rules Are Rules! But in the grand scheme of things, I believe that the students should receive a stiped for living expenses. After all, teams like TN, Bama, Ohio State, USC, and many of the other larger schools more than quadruple their layout expenses such as Scholarships through ticket sales. They pay 7 figure salaries to head coaches, and their other coaches and medical staff on hand live quite comfortably, and the players get only a chance at a chance to play at a higher level. I know for a fact that TN sells out almost every home game bringing in ticket sales of well over $2,000,000 and that doesn't include concession stand sales, which probably make profits of over $1,000,000 by itself. Give the athletes a living per diem. And by the way, I have been a Vol fan my entire 60 years of life. GoVols!


rha8808779
rha8808779

Rules are rules, and he violated rules set forth by the NCAA. We can all bemoan the fact that a lot of these players come from poor economic backgrounds, but they are getting a free education (yeah, yeah---I know..) and textbooks. It will be interesting to see what happens to Alabama since one of their players, DJ Fluker, was also given money by this same agent. Will the NCAA go after Fluker and Bama, or let this slide since Fluker's career at Bama is over---not to mention the personal friendship between Nick Saban and Mark Emmert. 

mcstokes114
mcstokes114

With all the money schools and coaches make off these players there is something unfair about things like this.

jdogmyers4
jdogmyers4

How bout this, let the agents pay the players of their choice it will be their gamble.

cardogpush
cardogpush

its ok that many tax payer funded institutions pay coaches 7 figure salaries and fund money losing bowl trips for 6-6 football teams but a kid that gets paid rent and grocery type money is ineligible. at least the NCAA has it's priorities in order

 perhaps coaches that break the rules should be ruled permanently ineligible. 

Sklopr
Sklopr

At the end of the day.......you broke the rules.

mountainbrook417
mountainbrook417

@Sklopr Alabama player Clinton Dix was paid money by an Alabama coach and all he got was a few games suspension and was re-instated. Couch got paid by someone not even connected to Tennessee and he gets booted forever. If it were not for double standards then the NCAA would have no standards at all.