It wouldn't have been exactly on the up-and-up, but Seth Davis' new book quotes former UCLA guard Lucious Allen as saying that a lack of pocket money almost had him and Lew Alcindor (soon to be known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) leaving John Wooden for Michigan State in 1967. We're talking serious "What If?" territory here:
"If not for Sam Gilbert, [Lew] and I were going to Michigan State as a package. It was a done deal. Michigan State at that time knew how to take care of their ballplayers, and I'll just leave it at that. We didn't think there was any chance we'd be taken care of like that at UCLA because of who our coach was. ... My stipend was $92 a month, and I was living in Westwood. I came from a part of Kansas City that I was very fortunate to get out of. Sam Gilbert and the alumni buying my tickets allowed me to live and buy food and clothes."