Well, confirming what we all knew, USC was paying off players decades before the NIL came into view, according to the NY Post and Twitter:
Straight cash, homie.
That’s what former NFL running back LenDale White claimed was left in a bag in his college apartment during his days at USC — to the tune of $150,000.
The 37-year-old former All-American was a guest on Barstool Sport’s “Bussin’ With The Boys” podcast, hosted by former NFL player Will Compton and current Titans offensive tackle Taylor Lewan. During the interview, White was asked what sort of benefits he received while at USC, where he shared backfield duties with Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush, who was infamously stripped of the award after an investigation revealed that Bush had received improper benefits during his time there.
“Are we talking about coaches? We talking about boosters? What?” Compton asked.
White then shed light on what would happen when he’d get a new apartment.
LenDale White in action during the 2006 Rose Bowl against Texas in Pasadena, California on Jan. 4, 2005.
“I don’t really know what a coach or a booster is,” White said. “All I know is I had a nice house or apartment, and when I went in there, I know that there was somebody left something behind. I don’t know if it was for me or not, but I never told anybody they left it there, and I kept it.”
Asked what the most amount of money he’d seen left somewhere, White said, “About $150,000. This is all just cash, rubber bands.”
White also said he drove a Lexus GS400 while at the school.