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Report Says 5 SEC Players Received Benefits

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Overhead view of South Carolina Gamecocks marching band with the SEC logo during the game against the Florida Gators at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 14, 2009 in Columbia, South Carolina. (credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBS SPORTS) – According to a story released by Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday evening, one current and four former SEC football players received impermissible benefits during their college careers. The players named in the report are former Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker, Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray and defensive end Maurice Couch, and Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and receiver Chad Bumphis.

Of the five players only Couch remains in school.

The report states the five former SEC players received benefits from former Alabama defensive end Luther Davis, who allegedly acted as an intermediary between the players and three agents and three financial advisers. The agents named in the report were Andy Simms, Peter Schaffer and John Phillips. The advisers were Jason Jernigan, Mike Rowan and Hodge Brahmbatt.

Simms, Schaffer, Phillips and Rowan all confirmed that they gave money to Davis, but claim they had no knowledge of, nor did they instruct Davis to provide any benefits to the players. Yahoo! reports that it has records that show Davis received $45,550 from the agents and advisers between September 2011 and December 2012. Records also show that Davis gave at least $12,700 to the players in cash, airfare, living expenses and other means.

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