BIRMINGHAM, Ala. —
No coaches were cited as participants in any wrongdoing in the Yahoo report, and Slive said such allegations are about individual not institutional behavior. All three schools have said they’re reviewing the allegations, and Tennessee has made the only current player named in the report — defensive lineman Maurice Couch — ineligible.
“There is no relationship to these events that have occurred recently to what took place years ago, because first of all our institutions deal with these issues in a very, very comprehensive, clear way with integrity,” Slive said. “We have a very different environment than we had in 2002 when I came.”
Mississippi State and Tennessee’s football programs are currently on probation for previous violations.