The NCAA declared Tennessee defensive tackle Mo Couch permanently ineligible on Tuesday, several weeks after the Vols originally declared him ineligible for their game against Oregon. Couch was one of five SEC players named in a Yahoo! Sports' report who allegedly accepted illicit benefits:
The NCAA has declared #Vols Sr DT Mo Couch permanently ineligible. Vols are appealing the decision.— Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) November 1, 2013
Before the Yahoo! report was published, Couch was a senior starter for the Volunteers. Yahoo authenticated four cash transfers from Luther Davis, a former Alabama player, to Couch between May 17 and Nov. 10, 2012, all ranging between $200 and $500. Couch played in every game during the 2012 season, and he started the first two games of this season. In all, he played 26 games in two-plus seasons with Tennessee, compiling 79 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.
After the news was announced, Couch was pretty upbeat, considering the circumstances:
At the end of the day, what's most important is I have my family, my degree, and love n support from the Volnation!# salute— maurice couch (@MoTrilla44) November 1, 2013
And thanks to UT, coaches, teammates, Volnation, and everyone else involved sincerely appreciate everything you done for me. #salute— maurice couch (@MoTrilla44) November 1, 2013