i might accept a check. i might not. but i grew up upper middle class and didnt need or want anything. if i grew up even slightly poor i would strongly consider a strong-ass offer. i wouldnt feel bad about because i was working for it. getting up at dawn to go lift weights is a real job. college athletes work. and especiawlly div 1 athletes at schools like LSU where you are expected to be very serious about your sport.