(CNN) — The NCAA on Tuesday proposed that athletes receive unlimited meals and snacks, the collegiate sports organization said in a news release.
Member Division I schools could provide their athletes food in addition to the meal plan covered by the student’s scholarship if the plan is approved, the release said.
The announcement comes not long after a University of Connecticut star told reporters covering the NCAA tournament that he sometimes goes to bed “starving” because he can’t afford food. Shabazz Napier’s remarks sparked a new discussion on what benefits athletes should receive. Napier, a senior, is a top NBA prospect.
However, the NCAA has been discussing changes to its meals rules for months.
The decision from the Legislative Council would need to be approved by the Division I board of directors at a meeting on April 24.
“Today we took action to provide meals to student-athletes incidental to participation…
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