Corn Flakes: NCAA Takes Baby Steps But "Unlimited Food" Is Just Good PR

Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday the NCAA legislative council voted to give all NCAA athletes, walk-ons or not, unlimited meals and snacks instead of just the three meals a day or free food vouchers. This isn't official until it's approved by the NCAA Board of Directors later on April 24th.

Will they approve such a measure? Most likely yes, although there's always the chance that some athletic departments will cry poor, I suppose, which really means I only trust the NCAA as far as I can throw them.

The decision to give out more food can be taken as nothing much more than good public relations for the NCAA. It eliminates articles such as referenced below (Shabazz Napier claimed hunger, which, really he claimed he was "starving") and puts the responsibility back on to individual schools as to whether or not they're going to provide additional food.

There were other rules recommended (not passed, remember) that focus on player safety, such as requiring that strength and conditioning coaches are certified from a nationally accredited certification body (hey, maybe it's one that's run by Mark Emmert's cousin), and requiring that a school staff member certified in CPR, first aid, and arterial defibrillation be required at all physical, COUNTABLE athletic activities.

The safety issues are common sense.

Still, there's not a lot of movement here, and that's what you can expect from the NCAA - baby steps. It's a bureaucracy bound by its own weight in rules, regulations, and the number and diversity of its membership. It can be thankful that the wheels of justice turn slowly.

NCAA allows 'unlimited meals' (days after Shabazz Napier claimed hunger) - SBNation.com
New NCAA rules enhance the athlete experience, in part by doing away with silly regulations.

NCAA council votes to give student-athletes unlimited meals, snacks
The Council decided that athletes, walk-ons and those on scholarship, can receive unlimited meals and snacks in conjunction with their athletics participation. Previously, student athletes received three meals a day or a food stipend.

Panel of administrators say NCAA system must change - ESPN
A panel of college administrators agree the NCAA business model has to change to survive.

Letter of complaint sent to Clemson over team's religious activities - CBSSports.com
The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a letter to Clemson citing 'constitutional concerns' over how Christianity is used in the public school's football program.

Nike Redesign Q&A: A Chat With Illinois Assistant Director of Athletics - The Champaign Room
Illinois Assistant Director of Athletics, Marty Kaufmann, spoke with the Champaign Room on Monday to discuss the Nike redesign, the new logos, the colors, and all things beautiful about the Fighting Illini.

The Notebook: Deciphering Taylor Lewan - SBNation.com
How does the Michigan offensive tackle compare to the others in the 2014 NFL Draft? Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White peels back the curtain for a closer look at Taylor Lewan.

Unverified Voracity Announces Decisions | mgoblog
The day has (mostly) come. Expect a post at about 3:35 today, as Michigan has called a press conference featuring Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III at 3:30 wherein they will either announce their NBA draft futures or talk about their favorite things to put on hamburgers.

How does offensive system dictate the size of an offensive line? - Football Study Hall
How does offensive system dictate the size of an offensive line?

2014 NFL Draft: Clowney Lazy? Don't Indulge Spy Fantasies - Team Speed Kills
Sure, let's just take everything that any scout or executive says at face value.

"Tell Me Where It Hurts". (The Ouch List Returns) " College Baseball Today
If you're a big college baseball fan, be sure to be reading Eric Sorenson's site - he mentions the Nebraska sweep over Minnesota as an ouchie for them.

Errors in Inquiry on Rape Allegations Against FSU’s Jameis Winston - NYTimes.com

An accusation against Jameis Winston, a marquee quarterback for Florida State, did not prompt an in-depth inquiry by either the university or the police. By the time prosecutors got the case it was nearly a year old.

This makes you really really really want to send your daughters to Florida State University, given that the Tallahassee police will be all protective of them and the university will give a flying shit about them, NOT. More like FRESH MEAT, apparently.

Husker Bats Blast 22 Hits in 14-5 Win over KSU - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
Lincoln – After facing a 4-0 deficit following the top of the first inning, the Nebraska offense lit up the scoreboard in a 14-5 victory over the Kansas State Wildcats on Tuesday night at Hawks Field. The Huskers amassed a season-high 22 hits as five NU batters registered three hits or more on the evening, while matching a season-best in runs. The Huskers have won nine of their last 10 games and are now 24-14 on the season.

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