Just a few weeks after UConn’s national championship MVP point guard Shabazz Napier said that there were nights that he went to bed “starving” while attending college, the NCAA announced the removal of meal and snack restrictions on Division I athletes, according to NCAA associate director of communications Michelle Brutlag Hosick. Thus enabling universities to provide their student-athletes with unlimited snacks and meals.
Whereas previously student-athletes were afforded only three meals per day, they will now have unlimited access to meals provided by on-campus facilities. The privilege will extend to walk-on athletes as well.
Napier told reporters he doesn’t believe athletes should be given “thousands of dollars,” his comments about going to bed hungry struck a national chord (via Soraya Nadia McDonald of The Washington Post):
I feel like a student athlete. Sometimes, there’s hungry nights where I’m not able to eat, but I still gotta play up to my capabilities. I don’t see myself as so much of an employee, but when you see your jersey getting sold, it may not have your last name on it, but when you see your jersey getting sold, to some credit, you feel like you want something in return…There are hungry nights when I go to bed and I’m starving.
The new provision seems sensible, although hopefully there will be safeguards against rampant waste. Also, it would seem as though resource-rich schools would gain a recruiting advantage, but it’s hard to see it becoming anymore lopsided than the current system wherein the best athletes are wooed with the most expensive facilities and coaches.
One former college athlete commented on the latest news:
I’ll tell u what the NCAA really lucked out that I don’t have any eligibility left.
Here’s the full statement from coach Dabo Swinney:
“I have dismissed Chad Kelly for conduct detrimental to our program. He has had a pattern of behavior that is not consistent with the values of our program. I hope he will mature and grow from this and become the man and player I know he can be. I wish him nothing but the best in the future academically and athletically.”
There were reports that Kelly got into an altercation with members of Tigers’ coaching staff , including Coach Swinney and offensive coordinator Chad Morris, during the school’s Orange and White Game on Saturday. He didn’t play in the second half after throwing for 113 yards and two touchdowns.
Kelly tweeted his thoughts on the matter earlier Monday afternoon:
Thats Crazy Someone Would Lie Like That? Wow Is All Imma Say. Good Thing I Got A Great Family And Close Friends.
Former LSU linebacker, Tahj Jones, is in serious condition after he suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen on Friday night. Jones, a senior who just finished his career, participated in LSU’s Pro Day earlier this week. Jones was visiting a female friend in Sulphur, Louisiana when 36-year-old former LSU lineman Brandon Winey arrived. Jones and Winey allegedly got into a fight and Winey shot Jones.
Below is a picture Winey posted on Twitter in January 2013. Winey has been arrested and charged with attempted murder.
Here is the ever so strange, LSU coach Les Miles kissing a pig. There may be a good reason why the grass eating, highly superstitious coach is smooching the farm animal, but not sure you really need it.