NCAA has been under constant fire as the calls for reform for Student Athletes continue to grow louder. NCAA has recently announced that they will proved all athletes unlimited meals. This comes off the heels of the UConn guard Shabazz Napier complained during the Final Four that he sometimes went to bed “starving” because he couldn’t afford food.The proposal has been debated for months, but Napier’s comments following last week’s national championship game brought attention to the topic.
The proposal would allow Division I schools to provide unlimited meals and snacks to all athletes, including walk-ons. The measure still must be approved by the board of directors, which meets April 24.
Schools have been allowed to provide three meals per day or a stipend for those meals to scholarship athletes. The new rule would allow walk-ons to receive the same allowances and would allow schools to provide more meals and snacks, too.
Previously, the NCAA had a bylaw allowing schools to offer bagels, fruits and nuts to athletes. But according to an interpretation, spreads like cream cheese were prohibited, according to a February report by the Los Angeles Times. The NCAA eliminated that interpretation last year.
“I think the end result is right where it needs to be,” committee chairwoman and America East assistant commissioner Mary Mulvenna said in a statement released by the governing body.
Source: The Associated Press