There is still an evolving debate and discussion within the NCAA about student athletes and how to do right by them. The NCAA has an educational mission in providing a way for student athletes to make good on the student part while still holding to the commitments it takes to be a high-level athlete.
It is a balance the NCAA is still trying to achieve constantly.
One of those recent benefits though may have helped LSU retain one of its best players as he seeks both a degree and a national championship. There are no issues at LSU when it comes to providing student athletes with everything the rules allow.
LSU’s Tre’Davious White said a big reason he opted to return to LSU despite projections that had him going in the first or second round of the NFL Draft was, unapologetically, the free food and the resources LSU gives its student athletes.
“We’re taken care of here,” White told Glenn Guilbeau of USA TODAY. “Free food. We really don’t have to pay for a lot of stuff. I love that.
“LSU is first class and it gives you advantages, if you take advantage of them. I didn’t want to pass that up. I wanted to be stress free for one more year. After I graduate after this season, I’ll be ready to focus on my NFL career, and that will be a business. And I wanted to be the first in my mom’s family to graduate. That means a lot to me and my family.”
White certainly will still have the NFL waiting. He was named a preseason All-SEC First Team player and is expected to lead a very strong secondary for the Tigers.
They will certainly be well fed. And the food must be good to keep White hungry for that national championship and graduation goal this year.