Houston Texans running back Arian Foster said in a documentary, which airs in October, that he was paid while starring at Tennessee. In a three-minute clip previewing "Schooled: The Price of College Sports," Foster talked about the financial difficulty he had at Tennessee and took money to pay rent and eat. The 90-minute documentary will air on EPIX on Oct. 16. "I called my coach and I said, 'Coach, we don't have no food. We don't have no money. We're hungry," Foster said. "Either you give us some food, or I'm gonna go do something stupid.' He came down and he brought like 50 tacos for like four or five of us. Which is an NCAA violation. (He laughs). But then, I walk up to the facility and I see my coach pull up in a brand new Lexus." Foster was at Tennessee from 2005-08. Foster said he found nothing wrong with accepting money from outside while he was on scholarship. "I don't know if this will throw us into an NCAA investigation -- my senior year, I was getting money on the side," he said. "I really didn't have any money. 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." Foster said he thought it was hypocritical for the school to make profits while the athletes struggled financially. "There were plenty of times where throughout the month I didn't have enough for food," he said. "Our stadium had like 107,000 seats; 107,000 people buying a ticket to come watch us play. It's tough just like knowing that, being aware of that. We had just won and I had a good game, 100 yards or whatever You go outside and there's hundreds of kids waiting for you. You're signing autographs, taking pictures, whatever. ... "I'm a firm believer that an employee should get paid for his work. And, 100 percent, I see student athletes as employees. Hiding from it is just cowardly."
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