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Yahoo Sports investigation reveals Tyler Bray and four other SEC football players received extra benefits

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An old Drew Franklin classic

A Yahoo Sports investigation has revealed that five SEC football players violated NCAA rules by receiving extra benefits during their college careers: University of Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker, University of Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray, Tennessee defensive end Maurice Couch, Mississippi State University defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and Mississippi State wideout Chad Bumphis.

Fluker, Bray and Cox are currently playing in the NFL, while Bumphis was just released by the Miami Dolphins, and Couch is a senior starter at Tennessee this season. Yahoo discovered the violations via financial and text message records belonging to former Alabama defensive end Luther Davis, who allegedly acted as an intermediary between several high school stars and NFL agents and financial advisors.

From Yahoo’s story:

Davis declined to comment for this story. However, Yahoo Sports was able to authenticate text message records, Western Union fund transfers, banking statements, flight receipts and other financial material linking both Davis and the five college football players. Yahoo Sports also found that three NFL agents and three financial advisers engaged Davis in transactions totaling $45,550. The three agents were Andy Simms, Peter Schaffer and John Phillips. The financial advisers were Jason Jernigan, Mike Rowan and Hodge Brahmbhatt.

…All told, the records show agents and financial advisers moved at least $45,550 to Davis between September 2011 and December 2012. During that same timeframe, records also show at least $12,700 in cash, airfare, living expenses or other receipts moving from Davis to the five players. In addition to that amount, Yahoo Sports also obtained a line-item invoice of 49 transactions from February 2013 that Davis emailed to Fluker’s onetime financial adviser Hodge Brahmbhatt. Within the email, Davis listed $33,755 in expenditures under the subject line “D.J. Fluker Invoice.”

The section concerning Bray is particularly funny:

After reviewing Bray’s Twitter account, Yahoo Sports found that Bray had interacted with a Matthew Schroeder consistently dating back to 2011, referring to Schroeder as being part of “the crew.” Bray also made references about trips to the mall with Schroeder, as well as “burger night” at a Knoxville restaurant, and an accident with a deer that included Bray, Schroeder and two others.

Tyler Bray involved in an accident with a deer? Why am I not surprised.

To see a detailed list of transactions, texts, and other potential violations per play, check out Yahoo’s story in full:

[Documents, text messages reveal impermissible benefits to five SEC players]

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

13 Comments for Yahoo Sports investigation reveals Tyler Bray and four other SEC football players received extra benefits



  1. John W. Booth
    6:17 pm September 11, 2013 Permalink

    replay in HD of UK vs UNC on March 27 2011 🙂

    justin.tv/farbarney

    for pass email [email protected]



  2. jwall
    6:34 pm September 11, 2013 Permalink

    the new site jumps around while scrolling, slightly annoying…… anyone else feel me??
    -J.WALL



  3. Evan
    6:41 pm September 11, 2013 Permalink

    I think the people who say Bama pays players are the same people that say Kentucky pays players, ditto with those who say Cal is a cheater (which isn’t true, despite the banners coming down at Memphis and UMass) say that Saban is a cheater.



  4. DB11
    6:47 pm September 11, 2013 Permalink

    I do feel you John, I do.



  5. 49blue
    6:56 pm September 11, 2013 Permalink

    And to think that does not go on or to be suprise , is a joke players have been payed all along and they should be to think it is’t going on is…. well…. FOOLISH.



  6. Wild Turkey 101
    7:26 pm September 11, 2013 Permalink

    Can you say “vacated”?



  7. Krispy Kreme
    7:30 pm September 11, 2013 Permalink

    Someone gave money to Tyler Bray for his football skills??? Matt Roark moved from wide receiver to qb and out played him.

    I liked the old site better.



  8. blueblooded
    7:56 pm September 11, 2013 Permalink

    if that is a Photoshop, it’s epic. I remember when it originally posted & I just assumed someone snapped a photo of him throwing the bottle. it’s so good, that I never considered it was a fake!



  9. msnthrop
    8:13 pm September 11, 2013 Permalink

    So what, all these players should be paid! The word amateur needs to eliminated from the American lexicon.



  10. Surprised
    8:40 pm September 11, 2013 Permalink

    SEC teams paying players? WOW. In other news, water is wet.



  11. pb
    8:59 pm September 11, 2013 Permalink

    Yahoo Sports; thats Pat Forde’s new employer, yes?
    How soon till the newest hit piece re Cal/UK basketball?



  12. HeHateMe
    6:27 am September 12, 2013 Permalink

    Just another example of how it is past time that the SEC and ACC join up and split from the NCAA. If that happened the NCAA wouldn’t last a week. It has becoming nothing more than a gang of bully riding the coat tails of scum bag journalists who give too sh*ts about credibility and are just out to bust the “next big story”. You can not convince me that stuff like this doesn’t go on at every school in the country. You can laugh because it’s Alabama, but at this rate it will happen to us soon. It’s only a matter of time.



  13. HeHateMe
    6:28 am September 12, 2013 Permalink

    Sorry for the typos, it’s late on the West Coast.