The University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team could be in some hot water, following a pair of posts on social media.

The first post was sure to raise a few eyebrows on its own. It's an Instagram of sophomore running back Derrick Henry standing in front of his new Dodge Challenger (we're guessing it's an R/T based on the fender stripes). Complete with a custom set of wheels, the image was enough to trigger more than a few questions about where an unemployed student-athlete came up with the money for such a purchase. Now, this could be harmless. Henry, flush with a full-ride to Bama could have convinced his parents to get him something nice with his college fund.

The second post, though, is a straight-up accusation. It comes from former West Virginia Mountaineer and current CFL quarterback Pat White, who posted the following on his Facebook page.



Them's a fightin' words.

If what White alleges is true and Alabama did offer him a Chevrolet Corvette, it would lead to a huge investigation by the NCAA into Alabama's recruiting practices. Championships could be vacated ('Bama has three since 2009), while fines and probation could come to the program and Head Coach Nick Saban might even find himself out of a job.

There are a few big reasons not to take White's claim seriously, though. As Bleacher Report points out, White wasn't recruited as a blue-chip prospect. He was merely a three-star player, which makes it seem unlikely that any program would take the risk or the expense of handing over a $50,000 to $70,000 car just so he'd sign his name on the dotted line.

B/R also points out that it's not entirely clear if White was even recruited by Bama. It points to the two leading online recruiting resources, Scouts.com and Rivals.com, which don't agree as to whether White was even pursued by the Tide.

Regardless of how Henry actually got the car, this is likely not the last we'll hear of NCAA student-athletes running into trouble over cars and amateurism rules.


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      congocheeta
      • 7 Months Ago
      LMAO..............................In this day of multi-million dollar Coaching salaries and the use of the College Jet to recruit, what do you expect? Yes it time to offer the players a piece of the Billion-Dollar pie that the NCAA and the Colleges dip into and pay the bills with. Why Not???? If they make it to the Pro's, then the INSANE MONEY that the Pro's throw at them may be easier to deal with. Actually it would make TONS of sense to offer a required course on Mega Money handling and investments to these kids BEFORE they go Pro and wind up broke at the end of their careers. IMHO
        jamair85
        • 2 Months Ago
        @congocheeta

        are you kidding me? You pay these kids and they'll never go to class, They go to school for free the clothes and the foot wear they have is given to them from the school. When they go out of town do you think they pay for their meals and room? The money has to come from somewhere and that money comes from what the school brings in.  The only sports making that kind of money is Football and Basketball, do you think the tennis or golf teams make money for the school? those other student athletes are also on scholarships so that money comes from the programs making money for the school.  When they start paying these players the tuition for all the other students better get cut in half.

        spacemanant
        • 9 Days Ago
        @congocheeta

        But that would mean you want young intelligent people who know how to handle money.... which i dont believe they do... if thats the case me n 4 other team mates can play for 5 years and go a team ourselves... do u kno what that would then do...??

        They dont want young minorities learning what to do with their money... thats not a smart move

      Jim
      • 2 Months Ago

      Sounds like sour grapes on White's part (the QB) since I recall he was basically begging the Tide for an offer of a scholarship. In fact he probably would have given a recruiter from Alabama a Corvette in exchange for an offer. I know since I am a WVU fan and he fit our offense and was not their's. I'm sure all big time schools cheat at some level but this is basically a guy screaming look at me!

      vizcarmb
      • 7 Months Ago
      Hopefully this dumb bastard realizes that he has to pay taxes on that car since it was gifted to him and also has to pay for the insurance
        Klimo
        • 7 Months Ago
        @vizcarmb
        It probably wasn't gifted to him. His parents probably own it and he just drives it.
          Dave Herrington
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Klimo

          That's what I heard, his single parent mom who hasn't worked a day in her life and has been on welfare since the first time she got pregnant, paid cash for it as present for graduating high school and getting a full ride to Alabama even though he can't read above the 6th grade level, because that's a huge accomplishment. Don't hate the player, hate the game.

      christopher
      • 5 Months Ago
      that Dodge Challenger is STOLEN- DUH. probably out trying to pick up some white-trash chicks in it
        • 5 Months Ago
        @christopher
        See how Alabama fans think of blacks, this is a prime example, Saban doesn't tell them this.
          Nope
          • 3 Months Ago

          Of course, pull the race card. Nobody said anything about race, except you. Sounds to me, like you're the racist.

          Don Butler
          • 1 Month Ago

          It is the University that represents the redneck nation, in my humble opinion !!!

          Daniel Adams
          • 2 Months Ago

          Just curious how you know that's an Alabama fan? Maybe it is, maybe not, but it doesn't exactly sound like a comment a Bama fan would make in that situation.

          spacemanant
          • 9 Days Ago

          Theres a vice documentary on exactly what your speaking about... u might find it interesting... - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=on0mT8MQ-Wg

          and @ nope... r u really that ignorant or just full of sh_t...??

      Tourian
      • 7 Months Ago
      Someone must be an Auburn fan to think this belongs on an blog about cars.
        Don Butler
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Tourian

        They appear to be rednecks, so it can't be them, maybe Bammers...

      soso
      • 3 Months Ago

      The authorities are as blind to SEC violations as the government is with Wall Street Bankers!

        Daniel Adams
        • 2 Months Ago
        @soso

        You figured it out!!! That's why the SEC is so dominant! Thank God. Now at least we all know why there's such a large (ENORMOUS) gap between the SEC and whichever crappy conference is second best this year... Cheating and protecting the conference! Very original.

      Mazdaspeed6
      • 7 Months Ago
      no proof. Stop hating, appreciate
        LeighSydneyChina
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Mazdaspeed6

        Of course....  but it does warrant an investigation.....

          Orange
          • 3 Months Ago
          @LeighSydneyChina

          The fact someone owns a car warrants an investigation? Why? Because he's black? lol

          secdushbags
          • 10 Days Ago
          @LeighSydneyChina

          your are the same douchebag that called ohio state cheaters, but if bama does it is ok. douchebag.

        General Zod
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Mazdaspeed6

        hm, no way you're a bama fan lol.


      Arrow Smith
      • 5 Months Ago
      Pat White you are a LIAR.
      bK
      • 7 Months Ago
      Pretty common practice in the NCAA. Ever wonder why these unpaid kids are encrusted in gold and diamonds on their draft day?
        Moy
        • 5 Months Ago
        @bK
        I can answer this one for you. The kids on draft day have given up their eligibility as amateur athletes by signing with an agent before the draft. As soon as they sign with the agent, they get gifts, jewelry, etc. from not only the agent, but the firm the agent works for, and many get endorsement deals before even being drafted. The money rolls in before the draft ever happens.. Ive been around long enough and know enough athletes to know how it works.
          Jeff Barker
          • 2 Months Ago
          @Moy

          This kid just became a sophmore this year.... he definitely hasnt given up his eligibility and he definitely does not have an agent.

        Raul
        • 6 Months Ago
        @bK
        Does this kid, guy have the brains to go to college? He got a SCHOLARship to play football. You don't need brains to play football, but brains to go to college. I know kids in my home town leave school everyday to work a part time job to afford college, no scholarship on them. Some even take the bus to get off campus to report to their part time employment.
          davidb
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Raul
          Mr Dum**ss. You have to be INTELLIGENT to play NCAA football. Have you seen the books of plays, rules, etc? Another racist piggy. Does your name mean you are the president of Cuba? I guess you may be excused, then.
          Nope
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Raul

          To Davidb. Another person throwing the race card. Nobody said anything about any race. And, you are full of it saying you have to be intelligent to play NCAA. Anyone who has had a college class with a great, future star athlete of any kind, or any race, knows the athlete will pass the class even if he shouldn't have. Sounds to me like you're the racist. BTW. how many cards does a race deck have? It should be out of cards by now.

        mbrown@globalpartsinc.com
        @bK
        Because jewelers loan their merchandise to them.. Just like the clothes on their back . Tom Ford, Versace, or Givenchy. Its advertising..Someone likes what they see and buys it later. Tell me you knew that. Or were you making a pseudo racist comment to prove your ignorant point. #geesh
          cdbwdixie
          • 3 Months Ago
          @mbrown@globalpartsinc.com

          And like millionaire Hollywood stars on the red carpet,  sporting dresses and jewels loaned to them by designers and jewelers.

      Extraclass
      • 7 Months Ago
      How many college football players have you seen riding around in new sports cars? I do not think this is a serious accusation! Just a joke comment!
      Tsc Tee
      • 2 Months Ago

      as Brent Mustburger of ABC Sports so aptly put it...'as long as there is big time college athletics and winning programs, there will ALWAYS be the notion that we have to beat our competition by any means necessary" which implies giving kids money under the table (Ohio State/Terell Pryor, USC/Reggie Bush..and the list goes on), cars, houses, whatever is necessary to keep the big bucks rolling in, the prestige high, and the system rolling...i highly doubt Pat White is lying about this one...

      cdbwdixie
      • 3 Months Ago

      Hmmm....The Tide plays The Mountaineers today.  And a former WVU player makes this subtle accusation, which doesn't actually say anyone related to AL are the ones who allegedly offered him a Corvette. Methinks this is way too transparent....shame, shame, shame. If this car was gifted to the AL player, it was more likely gifted by someone who hates Alabama. Coach Saban will get to the bottom of this before any investigation is started.

        secdushbags
        • 10 Days Ago
        @cdbwdixie

        your are the same douchebag that called ohio state cheaters, but if bama does it is ok. douchebag.

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