College notes: Tennessee defensive lineman ruled ineligible for Saturday

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Tennessee coach Butch Jones said defensive lineman Maurice Couch has been ruled ineligible for Saturday’s game against No. 2 Oregon while the university investigates allegations he was one of five Southeastern Conference players to receive improper benefits.

“As of right now, the situation with Mo Couch is we’ve declared him ineligible for this game,” Jones said Thursday during his weekly interview on a Nashville radio station. “Right now our compliance group is currently in the process of working through all the details and logistics of the situation. That’s all we kind of know right now, but as of right now moving forward, he will not make the trip to Oregon.”

A Yahoo Sports report cited text messages and financial records of former Alabama defensive end Luther Davis, along with an unnamed NFL source who said Davis was a go-between for the players with NFL agents and financial advisers.

The other players named in the report were former Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker, former Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray, former Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and former Mississippi State wide receiver Chad Bumphis.

Houston hires Lewis

Olympic great and former University of Houston star Carl Lewis is joining the track and field coaching staff at his alma mater.

The school said Thursday that the nine-time Olympic gold medalist is joining Cougars head coach Leroy Burrell as a volunteer coach.

Lone Star Festival

• West Texas A&M 42, Chadron State 31: Sergio Catillo kicked a 21-yard field goal, his fourth of the night, with 49 seconds left to cap a furious fourth-quarter comeback as the Division II fourth-ranked Buffaloes beat the No. 18 Eagles in the first of seven games this weekend in the Lone Star Football Festival at AT&T Stadium.

Aaron Harris scored two of his three touchdowns in the fourth quarter for West Texas A&M, including a 19-yard touchdown pass from Dustin Vaughan that tied the game at 31. The Buffaloes trailed 24-6 at halftime.

Briefly

• TCU soccer: The Frogs gave up two second-half goals in a 2-0 loss at SMU. Shelby Redman put SMU on the board in the 54th minute, and Courtney Smith added the insurance goal in the 74th minute. The Mustangs had five shots on goal to TCU’s 2.

• TCU swimming and diving: Coach Richard Sybesma announced the hiring of three assistant coaches — John Funk, Caroline Maxvill and Adam Stoner. Funk will coach sprints and assist with weight training. Maxvill, an Olympic trial qualifier from Texas A&M, will coach the individual medley and lead the junior varsity. Stoner will serve as the recruiting, office, video and equipment coordinator.

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