Emmanuel Acho: Texas Players Given $1K Per Interception in 2010 BCS Title Game

Emmanuel Acho: Texas Players Given $1K Per Interception in 2010 BCS Title Game

Alabama defensive back Dre Kirkpatrick, right, watches as Texas safety Blake Gideon (21) intercepts a pass during the first quarter of the BCS Championship NCAA college football game in Pasadena, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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When Odell Beckham handed out wads of cash to LSU players after their national championship victory over Clemson, it drew widespread headlines as a potential NCAA rules violation. 

That said, no one was under the impression it was the first time a college player had been paid for their performance. Emmanuel Acho revealed Thursday that players at Texas were paid $1,000 for each interception they got during the 2010 national championship game against Alabama.  

“We went to the national championship game in 2009 and … it was public to the team, for every interception the defensive back got, they were going to get $1,000,” Acho revealed on ESPN’s Get Up (h/t 247Sports). “‘For every pick y’all got against Alabama in the national championship game, you’re going to get $1,000.’ Now, the difference is we just didn’t do it publicly on the field.

“What my problem is, though, everybody masquerades Odell Beckham as a guy who thinks, ‘Oh, I plotted this out. I’m going to go out, hand this money and they’re going to talk about me on Get Up. That’s not what he’s thinking. That’s not what he’s thinking.”

Blake Gideon picked off a pass on a fake punt attempt in the first quarter of the 2010 game, but that was the only interception for Texas in the Longhorns’ 37-21 loss.


This article will be updated to provide more information soon.

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January 16, 2020 at 08:33AM

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