NCAA approves unlimited meals and snacks for athletes

04/16/2014 10:59 AM

It’s something that Coach John Calipari has been very vocal about for some time now — the NCAA guidelines regarding hungry athletes. Cal even stated on, “When kids are prevented from being fed because rules are in place, we have a problem.”

Until now, schools were only allowed to feed athletes three meals per day, and all food had to be consumed at the training table. No snacks. Any other food given to the athletes would constitute an NCAA violation.

Other coaches have spoken out on this issue as well as professional dieticians who have gone on record as saying athletes should be allowed to eat “…as needed throughout the day to fully restore (themselves) and make them ‘whole again.’ “

This issue also gained national attention recently as University of Connecticut’s Shabazz Napier told reporters during the NCAA basketball tournament last month that “…he goes to bed hungry.” Well, apparently, the NCAA was listening.

In a ruling Tuesday by the NCAA Legislative Council, “Division I student-athletes can receive unlimited meals and snacks in conjunction with their athletics participation. The rule, which applies to walk-ons as well as scholarship student-athletes, is an effort to meet the nutritional needs of all student-athletes.”

Trey Eckerle

Trey Eckerle joined cn|2 in June 2013. A graduate of WKU, Trey grew up in Louisville and enjoys having a front row seat as Director to Kentucky sports and politics. He can be reached at 502-792-1106 or


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