All-You-Can-Eat Training Table: NCAA Approves Unlimited Food After Shabazz Napier Complains of 'Hungry Nights'
Final Four most outstanding player Shabazz Napier complained on the eve of UConn's tournament win over Kentucky that he sometimes goes to bed "starving" as a student-athlete. The NCAA has heard the growls of Shabazz's stomach.
The NCAA announced that schools can now provide student-athletes with unlimited food. The NCAA release called the Division 1 rule revision "an effort to meet the nutritional needs of all student-athletes." Prior to Tuesday's change, schools could provide their competitors with a stipend or dining hall pass good for three meals a day, a deprivation which sent Mr. Shabazz to sleep starving.
Other changes include the requirement of a person familiar with CPR at practices and games, certification for trainers, three hours rest between sessions for football players, and a reduction in time for certain drug suspensions. "The penalty for testing positive for street drugs, including marijuana, will be reduced to half a season from a full season," the NCAA announced. "Street drugs are not performance-enhancing in nature, and this change will encourage schools to provide student-athletes the necessary rehabilitation."
The all-you-can-eat training table may not be enough to satiate Mr. Napier and other student athletes. He explained last week just what would satiate his hunger: "We do have hungry nights that we don't have enough money to get food and sometimes money is needed."