NCAA will allow unlimited meals for athletes after hunger complaint


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NCAA will allow unlimited meals for athletes after hunger complaint

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Apr 16, 2014

The NCAA has approved a proposal to allow unlimited meals and snacks for all athletes.

It came about after University of Connecticut basketball player Shabazz Napier said in an interview that he sometimes goes to bed hungry because he can't afford food.

Napier was talking to a group of reporters after the NCAA Division I men's basketball national championship, and his comment stunned many people.

The new rule would allow all athletes free food. The current rule provides scholarship athletes with one training table meal per day, and the cost of the meal is deducted from the amount of money they receive to purchase food plans or other food.

In addition, walk-on and non-scholarship athletes must pay out of their own pocket to eat at the training table.

The change in the rules has actually been under consideration since 2012, according to Forbes magazine.

Napier isn't the first athlete to complain about lack of food. Houston Texans running back Arian Foster has also been critical of the NCAA's food policy, and Oklahoma recently made fun of the rule by reporting that players had committed a violation for taking pasta portions that were $3 too big.

So while it's not clear whether the yes vote to change the rules was simply a coincidence or a result of Napier's comment, if the council had voted no, it could have very likely been a public relations nightmare.

The proposed change still needs final approval.


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Joyce Lupiani, who is based in Las Vegas at KTNV-TV Channel 13, is a contributor to