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Foster says he took money in college

Foster

– Houston Texans running back Arian Foster says in an upcoming documentary he accepted money his senior year at Tennessee.

“Honestly, I don’t know if this will throw us into an NCAA investigation, but my senior year I was getting money on the side,” Foster says in the EPIX documentary. “I really didn’t have any money. I had to either pay the rent or buy some food. I remember the feeling, like, ‘Man, be careful,’ but there’s nothing wrong with it. You’re not going to convince me that there is something wrong with it.”

Sports Illustrated first reported Foster’s comments in the documentary, “Schooled: The Price of College Sports.”

Foster, who played for the Volunteers from 2005-08, expanded on his comments Friday after the Texans’ practice.

“I feel very strong about the injustice the NCAA has been doing for years,” Foster said. “That’s why I said what I said. I’m not trying to throw anyone under the bus or anything like that. ... 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.”

Andrew Muscato, a producer of the documentary, said Foster didn’t specify how much money he received or who paid him during the four-hour interview in February.

Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart said in a statement released by the university Friday that, “We can’t speak to something that allegedly happened a long time ago.”

In response to an email about Foster’s comments, NCAA spokeswoman Emily Potter said that “I can’t speak to a specific situation.”

Generally, the NCAA has a four-year statute of limitations on allegations. But if the NCAA determines there are extenuating circumstances in this case such as a pattern of behavior, it could subject Tennessee to another investigation and potentially more penalties.

Tennessee is on probation through Aug. 23, 2015, for previous violations.

The Foster report comes one week after Yahoo Sports reported that a runner for agents provided illegal benefits to Tennessee defensive lineman Maurice Couch and former Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray as well as former Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker, former Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and former Mississippi State wide receiver Chad Bumphis. Couch has been ruled ineligible while the school investigates those allegations.

Foster said Friday the money he received didn’t come from a coach.

A phone call Friday to Phillip Fulmer, the Tennessee coach during Foster’s college career, wasn’t immediately returned.

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