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HOUSTON – (CBS HOUSTON): Houston Texans running back Arian Foster spoke for an upcoming documentary by EPIX called “Schooled: The Price of College Sports,” and in an exclusive clip (seen above) on Sports Illustrated’s website today is shown talking about NCAA violations he committed while at the University of Tennessee.

The documentary, which features other former college stars like Jay Bilas, approached Foster last February to talk openly about what happens with college athletes. In the clip that EPIX released Foster says he took money and food during his senior season for the Volunteers.

“I don’t know if this will throw us into an NCAA investigation — my senior year, I was getting money on the side,” said Foster. “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.

“There were plenty of times where throughout the month I didn’t have enough for food,” Sports Illustrated is reporting Foster said in the 90 minute documentary. “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.

“Then I walk back, and reality sets in. I go to my dorm room, open my fridge, and there’s nothing in my fridge. Hold up, man. What just happened? Why don’t I have anything to show for what I just did? There was a point where we had no food, no money, so I called my coach and I said, ‘Coach, we don’t have no food. We don’t have no money. We’re hungry. 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. [laughs] But then, the next day I walk up to the facility and I see my coach pull up in a brand new Lexus. Beautiful.”

“Schooled” can be seen October 16 at 7 p.m. CT on EPIX. 

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