Report says five SEC stars received payouts during career 

click to enlarge Former Alabama tackle D.J. Fluker was one of five players who allegedly received improper benefits. - KEITH SRAKOCIC/AP
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  • Former Alabama tackle D.J. Fluker was one of five players who allegedly received improper benefits.

Five Southeastern Conference football players received improper benefits during their college careers, including former Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker, according to a Yahoo Sports report.

The Yahoo report Wednesday 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, who started on two national championship teams, Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray and defensive end Maurice Couch, Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and wide receiver Chad Bumphis.

All three schools issued statements Wednesday saying they are investigating the allegations.

The report comes on the heels of Sports Illustrated articles outlining alleged widespread misconduct within the Oklahoma State program, including academic fraud and illegal payments. The transactions could violate NCAA rules prohibiting benefits from agents or representatives.

Davis, who played on Alabama's 2009 national championship team, declined to comment in the Yahoo report

Couch is a senior for the Volunteers. Fluker, Bray and Cox are playing in the NFL while Bumphis was recently released by the Miami Dolphins.

The report named three NFL agents and three financial advisers who Yahoo said engaged in transactions totaling at least $45,550 with Davis between September 2011 and December 2012.

Yahoo said records show Davis distributing at least $12,700 in cash, airfare and other expenses to the five players. The report included a 49-item invoice totaling $33,755 from February that Davis emailed to Fluker's one-time financial adviser, Hodge Brahmbhatt.

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