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College football roundup: Vols' Couch ruled ineligible

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The NCAA declared Tennessee senior defensive tackle Maurice Couch permanently ineligible, the school announced on Friday.

Couch was the only active college football player named in a Yahoo! Sports report regarding improper benefits provided to Southeastern Conference players.

Former Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray, former Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, former Mississippi State wide receiver Chad Bumphis and former Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker were also named in the report. None of them is still playing college football.

According to Yahoo! Sports report, Couch received four payments from former Alabama defensive lineman Luther Davis, who allegedly was acting as a middle man between standout SEC players and agents. The four transfers reportedly totaled $1,350.

Couch has already missed six games, and Tennessee plans to appeal the decision.

--- Notre Dame starting nose guard Louis Nix will be sidelined for Saturday's game against Navy because of knee tendinitis.

Nix has started 29 games the past two-plus seasons for the Irish.

---Jordon James, who is still UCLA's leading rusher despite not playing since the first weekend of October, may play in Saturday's game against Colorado.

He has been out with a sprained ankle, and is considered a game-time decision for Saturday's game.

---Iowa's Marcus Collins, a backup linebacker who has played in six games this season, has been dismissed from the team.

The Cedar Rapids Gazette reported Collins had been arrested and charged driving while intoxicated.
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