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USC will spend over $1 million on snacks for athletes

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USC was relatively quick to adopt four-year scholarships, and now the Trojans are preparing a feast of snacks for student-athletes. Taking advantage of new legislation regarding snacks, the Trojans are providing a new “enhanced fueling plan” for student-athletes, which will cost the school over $1 million each year.

“I have always felt we needed to find new avenues to provide our student-athletes with the additional nutritional requirements they need to replenish their bodies after training and competition,” said USC athletic director Pat Haden in a released statement. “I am delighted that USC is now allowed to do this. Although the program is a significant new expense, it is the right thing to do as we keep in mind the best interests of our student-athletes’ welfare.”

In April the NCAA’s Legislative Council voted for a new rule allowing student-athletes to be eligible 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. USC will provide the food options to over 650 student-athletes.

“This is more than just allowing more food to be brought to the table,” said Becci Twombley, a former board member of the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association. “This offers the opportunity to implement a department-wide fueling philosophy that brings the science of recovery nutrition to all 21 of USC’s sports.”

Eat up Trojans. Enjoy those seconds and thirds. Just be sure not to go overboard, because you will want to be in good shape when you play Alabama in 2016.

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16 Responses to “USC will spend over $1 million on snacks for athletes”
  1. ottawabrave91 says: Jul 16, 2014 8:53 PM

    1 million dollars……apparently they will have only the finest breast milk.

  2. germanflats13a38 says: Jul 16, 2014 9:41 PM


  3. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Jul 16, 2014 10:01 PM

    One Million, that’s nearly half of the players salaries!

  4. scbaby2013 says: Jul 16, 2014 10:19 PM

    Great move Trojans!!! Way to be proactive with helping the student athletes. Fight on forever!!!

  5. mrlitl says: Jul 16, 2014 10:36 PM


    Hilarious #davechappelle

  6. canetic says: Jul 16, 2014 11:15 PM

    That’s a lot of candy bars wrapped in $100’s

  7. theanalyticalkid says: Jul 16, 2014 11:44 PM

    Sports has gotten out of control in this country.

  8. pdcooper08 says: Jul 17, 2014 12:41 AM

    This is a great decision now ever athlete as a chance to eat including walk ons and those on partials. This is the right thing to do.

  9. coondabye says: Jul 17, 2014 1:34 AM

    $1538 for each student athlete really isn’t bad.

  10. ottawabrave91 says: Jul 17, 2014 7:13 AM


    yep you got it. thanks for helping out my cause rock on

  11. pdcooper08 says: Jul 17, 2014 7:23 AM

    $1538 for each student athlete really isn’t bad.

    Where does this figure come from, and who does it apply too?

  12. bigdinla says: Jul 17, 2014 8:38 AM

    One million divided by 650 = 1538 per

  13. hehatemyfootballteam says: Jul 17, 2014 9:41 AM

    Haven’t they heard of costco.. Buy bulk..

  14. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Jul 17, 2014 11:39 AM

    $1538 buys a hell of a lot of snacks. How many Twinkies do student athletes need in a year?

  15. xmen1906 says: Jul 17, 2014 12:51 PM

    I think its a $1M over what they already were doing

  16. stoicpaisano says: Jul 17, 2014 1:40 PM

    Eating healthy costs more than processed stuff like Twinkies.

    That said, a program like USC probably gets a crapton of product from Muscle Milk/Gatorade in return for stadium signage. The one million will go well towards filling in all the other gaps.

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