Tennessee’s Maurice Couch apologizes after being ruled ineligible

Photo:  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

Photo: 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. (Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports)

A recent Yahoo! report stated that five SEC football players (four former, one current) all accepted money from agents and financial advisers through a third party. The one player still in school is Tennessee defensive lineman Maurice Couch.

His Volunteers are headed out to Eugene to take on the mighty Oregon Ducks on Saturday, but Couch will not be making the trip. He has been ruled ineligible by the school until further compliance research is conducted.

Obviously, this is a huge blow to a rebuilding team that will need all the help it can get against the elite offensive attack the Ducks boast. Couch, a senior, understands that. He took to Twitter on Friday to apologize for letting so many people down.

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Couch was officially ruled ineligible the day before, on Thursday. First year coach Butch Jones explained a little bit of what was going on. From the AP:

”As of right now, the situation with Mo Couch is we’ve declared him ineligible for this game,” Jones said Thursday during his weekly interview with Nashville radio station 104.5. ”Right now our compliance group is currently in the process of working through all the details and logistics of the situation. That’s all we kind of know right now, but as of right now moving forward, he will not make the trip to Oregon.”

The other players named in the report are Mississippi State’s Fletcher Cox and Chad Bumphis, Tennessee’s Tyler Bray and Alabama’s DJ Fluker. Cox, Bray and Fluker are all currently in the NFL.