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Former Tennessee defensive lineman Mo Couch talks to his teammates during the Vols' 52-20 victory over the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Neyland Stadium on Sept. 7. Couch was ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA after it was found he accepted impermissible benefits.
Maurice Couch admits to accepting funds during UT playing career
Former Tennessee senior defensive lineman Maurice Couch admitted to accepting impermissible cash benefits during his playing career in an interview with Tennessee Sports Radio on Monday morning.
Couch, who was speaking publicly for the first time since allegations surfaced about him accepting money from a man acting as a liaison for NFL agents in September, stated he accepted the money out of necessity to provide for his family.
"I'm not a traditional student-athlete," Couch said. "I'm married. I have a child. So the stuff they give us, if I was just a normal student-athlete, I believe it can ...