I found this article amusing and appalling: Dietitians Press NCAA to Allow More Meals for Athletes!
Yes, that’s right – college athletes at NCAA schools can only get one free meal per day:
This, it seems, is not the case. N.C.A.A. regulations limit colleges to one formal “training meal” a day for their scholarship athletes, whether the athletes are playing tennis, football or any other sport. A few snacks — nuts, fruit and bagels — may also be provided, as well as some nutritional supplements like energy bars.
“Food is placed in the same category as a car in the N.C.A.A.’s eyes,” said Becci Twombley, who coordinates the meal plans for Southern California’s athletes.
But the Dietitians are to the rescue!
One group is demanding action. The Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association, founded in 2009 by dietitians working mainly for college athletics programs, is asking the N.C.A.A. to do away with the one-meal-per-day limit and “instead permit unlimited interval feedings as needed throughout the day to fully restore athletes and make them ‘whole again.’ ”
The group is recommending that “all college athletes, whether or not they receive financial assistance, be offered unfettered access without restriction to whole foods and, as necessary, dietary supplements, to replace nutrients, fluids and electrolytes expended while preparing for their sport.”
The NCAA protests that student athletes can purchase a meal plan just like everybody else! Wow! Whoopie! This whole thing again shows the silliness of the NCAA system. Just a few years ago, the burning question was whether recruits visiting a school could get a topping on their bagel! (That issue is not resolved apparently to this day according to the article:)
In 2009, N.C.A.A. rules began allowing for bagels, fruit and nuts to be provided for athletes at any time. In August 2011, the N.C.A.A. fielded a proposal to allow colleges to provide spreads like butter, peanut butter, jelly or cream cheese with the bagels. That proposal has not been implemented.
It surely needs the review of the EU committee and then the IRS, too! Or was it the IOC? Or maybe the US Anti-Doping Agency? It’s time for the schools to police the NCAA in a better manner or the courts and Congress need to take action. Maybe the dietitians need help: The First Lady! She appears to knows well how to meddle with school menus!