Improper benefits alleged at Bama, 2 other schools
Published 11:10 pm, Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Five Southeastern Conference players received improper benefits during their college careers, including former Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker, according to a Yahoo Sports report.
The report cited text messages and financial records of former Alabama defensive end Luther Davis and an unnamed NFL source who said Davis was a go-between for the players with NFL agents and financial advisers.
The players named in the report were Fluker, Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray and defensive end Maurice Couch, Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and wide receiver Chad Bumphis.
Alabama athletic director Bill Battle said in a statement that Alabama's compliance office "was looking into this situation prior to being notified that this story was actually going to be published. Our review is ongoing. We diligently educate our student-athletes on maintaining compliance with NCAA rules, and will continue to do so."
Coach Nick Saban said, "I have full confidence in our leadership that we're going to do whatever we need to do to handle the situation appropriately, and I know that we will."
Saban answered three questions concerning the report's potential impact on preparation for Saturday's game against Texas A&M and, when none were offered, said, "Appreciate your interest in the game" and left the podium.
Linebacker C.J. Mosley said of the report, "It's upsetting to hear, but at the end of the day that is what happened in the past. Coaches do a great job informing us and our parents about agents and things like that, so I'm pretty sure that won't be happening again."
Chronicle staff writer David Barron contributed to this report.