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BYU football: Former star Cody Hoffman may have received improper benefits

BYU wide receiver Cody Hoffman.
BYU wide receiver Cody Hoffman.
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This has not been a good year for former BYU wide receiver Cody Hoffman. After deciding to stay in school for his senior year, he was suspended from the team for three games earlier this season after it was found he had academic problems.

Then, at NFL Draft 2014 he went undrafted and signed a free agent deal with the Washington Redskins--and according to the latest news out of rookie mini-camp his chances to make the team are high. But on Wednesday, May 21 Hoffman’s day went from good to bad when numerous Utah media outlets reported that he was under investigation by BYU for allegedly receiving improper benefits such as housing and food when he played there.

BYU associate athletics director Duff Tittle confirmed on Wednesday that an investigation was taking place after details were initially reported publicly by 1280 AM program director Scott Garrard on Twitter. The investigation centers on a former BYU football staff member--reportedly Duane Busby, the former director of football operations.

According to a report on KSL.com, the school has been investigating the matter for two months. But Sam Leaf, Hoffman’s manager, downplayed the notion that the allegations against Busby and Hoffman and other BYU football players were of a serious nature.

"To be honest, I don't feel like this is a big deal." Leaf said Wednesday in an interview with KSL. "I give BYU credit for wanting to jump on this and wanting to control it. But from my side this happens on every college across the country."

Leaf represents dozens of college athletes across the country including Hoffman, According to a tweet Leaf posted, he may be currently pursuing the services of former BYU tight end Kaneakua Friel, who has yet to sign a free agent deal with any NFL team.

Hoffman is the only former BYU player thus far who has been named in the investigation. But as it continues, other current and former BYU football players are likely to pop up and more information will surface.