Houston Texans running back Arian Foster revealed last week in a documentary interview that he received monetary benefits during his playing days at the University of Tennessee.
Foster, who ranks second on Tennessee’s all-time rushing list, said that he received money on the side his senior season while ripping the NCAA over its stance on amateurism rules.
"I don't know if this will throw us into an NCAA investigation -- my senior year (2008), I was getting money on the side,"
Foster said on September 20th. "I had to either pay the rent or buy some food. I remember the feeling of like, 'Man, be careful.' But there's nothing wrong with it. And you're not going to convince me that there is something wrong with it.
In the documentary “Schooled: The Price of College Sports,” Foster described the NCAA as “big bullies” and criticized its amateurism policies as an “injustice” to student athletes.
“I'm not trying to throw anybody under the bus,” Foster said. “I feel like I shouldn't have to
run from the NCAA anymore. They're like these big bullies. I'm not scared of them."
Former Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer said Monday that he was unaware that Foster or any other player had received improper benefits during his time at Tennessee.
"As the head coach at Tennessee for 17 years, I took great pride in having a program that was NCAA compliant, as did our staff and administration," Fulmer said in a statement released to the Associated Press on Sunday. "If we knew of a violation, big or small, we reported it."
Tennessee is already on probation through 2015 for previous violations committed under former head coach Lane Kiffin.
Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart declined to comment, stating that he wouldn’t discuss an issue that allegedly took place so long ago.
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