There's been a lot of consternation in the past year or so about college football players receiving money from boosters in the form of name, image and likeness deals.
But one former college star can attest that, just because it might be easier now in the age of NIL, players getting paid is nothing new.
During an appearance on Barstool Sports' "Bussin' With the Boys," former USC running back LenDale White revealed that he once found a bag full of cash in one of his college apartments.
White, who played on the Trojans' 2003 and 2004 national championship teams, estimated it contained about $150,000 in rubber-banded bills.
"All I know is that I had a nice apartment, and when I went in there, I know that that somebody left something behind," White said. "I don’t know if it was for me or not, but I never told anybody that they left it there, and I kept it.”
It seems safe to say that kind of cash didn't wind up in the star running back's home by accident.
White also said it wasn't the only time he came into a little bit of extra money. He revealed that he drove a Lexus GS 400 during his three seasons at USC.
White's backfield mate at USC, Reggie Bush, famously got his Heisman Trophy stripped and was forced to disassociate from USC due to accepting impermissible benefits provided by boosters. No surprise, White's story proves that Bush wasn't the only player on those loaded, Pete Carroll-coached Trojans teams receiving more than just a scholarship.