Pat White: Alabama offered me a Corvette to play for them
Current Alabama running back Derrick Henry caused a bit of a firestorm on the Internet Monday when he posted a photo on his Instagram account of him standing in front of his new souped-up Dodge Challenger.
“Everybody meet my new baby ! #Fiona” Henry wrote on Instagram.
Obviously there was a lot of finger-pointing going on after people saw that picture. How’s a college student who just completed his freshman year able to afford a new sweet ride like that? It’s a perfectly legitimate question to those unfamiliar with the widespread practice in collegiate athletics of major schools providing illegal benefits to star players, which is something former West Virginia quarterback Pat White pointed out.
White saw the story on Facebook and shared it on his account. He also added in the following commentary:
“Stop pretending like you didn’t know the crimson tide has been doing this for years. Still glad I turned down a Corvette to become a mountaineer.”
White may have been somewhat joking with his post, but it’s not like this would come as a surprise. We all know this happens on a regular basis. Players get cars, toys, electronics and cash, and their families might even get homes, jobs or tractors thanks to a program’s boosters.
Based on the kind of career White had at West Virginia, a Corvette would have been a cheap price to pay for him. It’s almost as good of a bargain as Auburn got on Cam Newton.
H/T College Spun