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NCAA to student-athletes: Eat up! It’s OK, we promise

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All division one student-athletes will be allowed to have seconds, thirds and fourths if they so desire the next time they attend a banquet. The NCAA’s Legislative Council voted for a new rule allowing athletes to receive unlimited meals and snacks as long as they are associated with athletic activities. The rule is for all student-athletes in Division one whether they are scholarship players or walk-ons.

The NCAA will tell you this is to ensure all student-athletes meet nutritional needs, but really this is just a common sense decision to avoid further criticism in the aftermath of pastagate. The previous rule regarding food limits restricted athletes to three meals per day or  food stipend as part of the scholarship.

“Today we took action to provide meals to student-athletes incidental to participation,” Council chair Mary Mulvenna said in a statement released by the NCAA. “I think the end result is right where it needs to be.”

In addition, the Legislation Council also voted for some other rules of note. Per the NCAA, members also voted to:

  • Require strength and conditioning coaches to be certified from a nationally accredited certification body;
  • Require a school staff member certified in CPR, first aid and arterial external defibrillation to be present at all physical, countable athletic activities;
  • Reduce the penalty for a first positive test for street drugs during championships; and
  • Require football players to rest for at least three hours between practices during the preseason. Film review and team meetings will be allowed during this period.

The Division 1 Board of Directors must still approve the rules. The next meeting for the board is scheduled for April 24, and this should be a simple vote.

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6 Responses to “NCAA to student-athletes: Eat up! It’s OK, we promise”
  1. rolltide510 says: Apr 15, 2014 7:34 PM

    How about they remove all caveats, declare the NCAA is getting out of the food regulation business, and student-athletes can be given all the food a program wants to give them? Is there a “but what about the smaller schools that can’t afford as much food as a blue blood program” argument or something?

  2. rfmist8 says: Apr 15, 2014 8:17 PM

    Are you kidding me? There’s an actual rule about this and the NCAA wonders why no one takes them seriously!

  3. thefiesty1 says: Apr 15, 2014 9:09 PM

    Rules like that are made to be broken. Rridiculous

  4. noleitup says: Apr 15, 2014 9:17 PM

    Too little too late. The NCAA fatcats should just be happy they made a bunch of money for doing almost nothing cuz thats all about to come to an end soon.

  5. musketmaniac says: Apr 15, 2014 9:32 PM

    Free food and free Lawyers. The kids that don’t play need to eat. The kids that do need representation.

  6. sportsguy3434 says: Apr 16, 2014 7:03 PM

    Only related to athletic activities? But if a coach buys a player a coke because his dad just died and he is talking with him then that is still a violation? I agree with rolltide. Stop regulating how these guys eat. Coaches will keep it in check.

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