Originally Posted by AK Nako
Report: NCAA doesn't appear to be investigating extra benefits allegedly received by SEC players
In September, an investigation by Yahoo! Sports discovered that five SEC football players had received "extra benefits" prior to the completion of their collegiate careers and, as a result, violated NCAA rules.
University of Alabama (now San Diego Chargers) offensive tackle D.J. Fluker, University of Tennessee (now Kansas City Chiefs) quarterback Tyler Bray, Tennessee defensive end Maurice Couch, Mississippi State University defensive tackle (now Philadelphia Eagles) Fletcher Cox, and Mississippi State wideout Chad Bumphis were named as the recipients. Their identities were revealed through financial records and text messages belonging to former Crimson Tide defensive end Luther Davis, who was reportedly acting as an intermediary between the players and several NFL agents and financial advisers.
Now, five months later, Jeremy Fowler of CBSSports.com is reporting that two sources from the schools' side claim the NCAA doesn't appear to be investigating the case.
"Nobody will talk to them and they can't find Luther," a source from one of the three schools said.
Indianapolis-based attorney Stu Miller, who has dealt with NCAA cases before, told Fowler it's possible Alabama agent lawmakers want to investigate the case first and the NCAA is holding off as a result.
State Rep. Jack Williams told AL.com in September that if the report proved accurate, Davis and Fluker, along with the agents and financial advisers mentioned in the story, would be in violation of Alabama's sport agent laws. But, as Fowler points out, Alabama's football program doesn't appear to have been disrupted since the story broke.
What SEC programs have seen any kind of legitimate penalties? I think South Carolina is still on probation which was basically a slap on the wrist for housing students in a hotel at rates that were like 1/5 of what's advertised (even for extended stays) and numerous football players had never even paid...but they somehow came up with the money when it was revealed and paid it off.
Otherwise, have any teams been hit with penalties? I really can't remember.
In terms of that article, I wonder how hard the agent lawmakers in Alabama really want to look into this and where their allegiances truly lie, they're probably getting just as much money from the agents to keep their mouths shut. "Nope, sorry we couldn't find any wrongdoing but thanks for asking."
I wonder what the result would be if these were Pac-12 schools instead. *Waits for jmadidas*