NCAA athletes could get more meal allowances

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More granola bars, please.

Golfers might not have to jam their golf bags full of Cheez-Its and trail mix while at a tournament anymore. That’s because coaches can now provide an extra pass through the drive-thru on the way home from a tournament.

The NCAA’s legislative council approved a proposal earlier this week to expand meal allowances for all athletes. The proposal would allow Division I schools to provide unlimited meals and snacks to all athletes, including walk-ons. The measure still needs to be approved by the board of directors, which will meet April 24. If OK'd, the proposal would take effect Aug. 1.

The initiative should make it much simpler for athletic teams to operate on a daily basis. Coaches were always allowed to give an “occasional meal.” But, that was defined differently from campus to campus.

“What we can feed them and when we can feed them and how often? That was always the question,” Arizona State women’s coach Melissa Luellen said. “Now, if I want to buy them a granola bar after 10 p.m., I can.”

This will eliminate a lot of possible rules infractions and cut down on the paperwork, which is always a good thing.

Schools are permitted to provide three meals per day or a stipend for those meals to scholarship athletes.

It’s important to note that college golfers are hardly starving. However, such regulations could be a nuisance on weekend practice days when players were at the golf course and might not be able to get back to the dorm for one of their three meals per day in the cafeteria. Coaches would be permitted to bring players lunch without fear of breaking a rule.

“We ought to be able to feed them as much as you want, within reason,” Purdue director of golf Devon Brouse said.

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