The NCAA has finally made right on one of its most ridiculous rules, which dealt with the amount and even the type of snacks allowed to be given to student-athletes free of charge. In one of his many media stops this week, John Calipari mentioned just how absurd it was that players could be given peanuts, but not peanut butter. Well, it looks like the NCAA finally decided to spend time policing more important things than the quantity and quality of snacks being provided to the student-athletes. The topic was brought to light when in the midst of the NCAA tournament, Shabazz Napier mentioned that he and his teammates are often times hungry.
Division I student athletes can receive unlimited meals and snacks in conjunction with their athletics participation, the Legislative Council decided Tuesday. The rule, which applies to walk-ons as well as scholarship student-athletes, is an effort to meet the nutritional needs of all students.
Calipari has been in the camp to allow more food and better nutrition to be provided to his players for a while now. In 2012, Calipari went on a bit of a rant about the nutritional needs of the athletes not being met by the NCAA. Calipari said in reference to the Wildcat Lodge, “We have a kitchen here that should be open for these kids whenever they want to eat.” Calipari even wrote about it on CoachCal.com in an article titled: “Let’s focus on rules that matter and let our kids eat.”
Previously, schools were only allowed to provide 3 meals a day to student-athletes. Calipari argued that nutritionists have done studies that say college athletes are under-fed. With the amount of energy and calories being expended each day by athletes, Calipari says the players should be eating 6-7 times a day.
Somewhere Melvin Turpin is smiling.