Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Let them eat...

An offhand comment by Shabazz Napier might have caused a sea change in how colleges feed athletes.
Late last month, the star guard of NCAA men's basketball champion Connecticut mentioned to reporters that he sometimes had gone to bed hungry. On Tuesday, the NCAA Division I Legislative Council on Tuesday enacted legislation allowing unlimited meals and snacks for athletes.
Before the change, NCAA rules allowed three meals a day for athletes on full scholarship but limited snacks, and limited meals for walk-ons and those on partial scholarships. Athletes who lived off campus sometimes found stipends inadequate to pay for meals.
And their highly paid coaches were prohibited from using their remuneration to feed the kids. All for their own benefit, of course.

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