The University of Tennessee football program announced on Friday that senior defensive tackle Mo Couch has been ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA.

UT will appeal the ruling.

Couch was ruled ineligible back on Sept. 12 after a Yahoo Sports report named him – along with former Volunteer quarterback Tyler Bray – along with several other SEC players for receiving money from a person associated to NFL agents.

The Orlando, Fla. native transferred to the program from Garden City C.C. and has played 26 games in his Tennessee career, including the two games against Austin Peay and Western Kentucky the Vols started the 2013-14 season with.

Couch released this series of tweets following the announcement by the NCAA.

"At the end of the day, what's most important is I have my family, my degree, and love n support from the Volnation! #salute."

"And thanks to UT, coaches, teammates, Volnation, and everyone else involved sincerely appreciate everything you done for me. #salute."