Indianapolis, IN, United States (4E Sports) – The NCAA has proposed that athletes be given unlimited meals and snacks after a player complained that he sometimes went to bed “starving” because he can’t afford food.
The decision from the Legislative Council would need to be approved by the Division I board of directors at a meeting on April 24.
“Today we took action to provide meals to student-athletes incidental to participation. I think the end result is right where it needs to be,” said council chairwoman Mary Mulvenna.
If the proposal is approved, Member Division I schools could provide their athletes food in addition to the meal plan covered by the student’s scholarship.
The announcement came after Connecticut star and top NBA prospect Shabazz Napier revealed that he sometimes goes to bed “starving” because he can’t afford food.
Presently, NCAA rules say athletes may be provided three meals a day or a food stipend. The new rule would apply to scholarship and non-scholarship athletes.
Other proposals from the council included reducing the penalty for first time offenders of a positive test for street drugs like marijuana during championships and requiring football players to take at least three-hour breaks between practices during preseason.
The drugs penalty will be suspension for half a season instead of a full season, the NCAA said. If approved the measures would take effect August 1.