Athletes respond to NCAA decision on unlimited meals, snacks

(WBIR) The NCAA legislative council decided Tuesday Division I student-athletes can receive unlimited meals and snacks in conjunction with their athletics participation. The rule change would apply to walk-ons as well as scholarship athletes if the Division 1 board of directors approve the change at their April 24th meeting.

The issue received national attention shortly after the National Championship for basketball. Shortly after winning the title, University of Connecticut player Shabazz Napier said he sometimes goes to bed hungry because he can't afford food. The NCAA hopes their decision will take care of that problem.

In the last year, a couple former Vols have admitted to accepting money from outside sources just to get by.

In December 2013, former defensive lineman Maurice Couch, admitted to accepting a total of $1,350 to take care of his wife and daughter.

"I took advantage of all of my resources, but nothing came through to help me so as a father I had to do what I had to do first," he said.

In September 2013, Arian Foster, former Vols running back turned NFL player, said he's never accepted money from a coach.

"Well nah, I didn't get money from a coach. I didn't get money from a coach. Side people always offer you money all the time, just random people. They want to know, 'Can I take care of you?' It happens all of the time," he said. "When you're in college and your family doesn't make a lot of money, it's hard to make ends meet, especially with the scholarship checks and things like that. You get the bare essentials and towards the end of the month you run out every month."

Foster responded to the NCAA's decision on Twitter saying, "Step 1".

But then a Twitter feud began with several people following Foster. One person asked, "Shouldn't all students be provided that", to which Foster replied, "LOL Nah".

He followed that up by then tweeting, "I respect education. But people aren't gonna buy thousands of tickets to watch you take a test. Supply and demand."

Despite the debate and the sacrifices student-athletes make, it seems worrying about not having enough to eat will not be one of those for long.


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