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NCAA approves unlimited student-athlete meals and snacks

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Shabazz Napier speaks during the championship rally for the Huskies. (File Photo) Shabazz Napier speaks during the championship rally for the Huskies. (File Photo)
STORRS, CT (WFSB) -

Shabazz Napier said he used to go to bed hungry, now that is about to change for all NCAA Division 1 student-athletes.

While talking with reporters last week, Napier, who was the point guard on the national championship winning UConn Huskies, told members of the media that sometimes he would go to bed hungry. 

According to Nappier, he didn't have time to get the meals when they were served and did not have extra money to afford food.

NCAA rules prohibited athletes from taking extras and were provided with three meals a day or a food stipend.

On Tuesday, the NCAA Legislative Council voted that student-athletes, which includes walk-ons and scholarship players, "can receive unlimited meals and snacks in conjunction with their athletics participation."

NCAA officials said the change "is an effort to meet the nutritional needs of all student-athletes."

"Today we took action to provide meals to student-athletes incidental to participation," Council Chair Mary Mulvenna, associate commissioner of the America East Conference, said in a statement Tuesday. "I think the end result is right where it needs to be."

No decision is final until Division I Board of Directors meets April 24.

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