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Air Force snacks could become more elaborate under NCAA proposal

Published: April 16, 2014, 6:11 pm, by Brent Briggeman

An NCAA proposal to allow athletes to receive unlimited meals and snacks would not have as much impact at Air Force as other institutions – but it would still be felt.

The major change would come for schools with athletes living off campus and receiving meal stipends. For Air Force, all athletes obviously live at the academy and eat in the dining hall.

The major difference for Air Force would be more substantial and elaborate snacks awaiting cadets in the athletic facilities. As of now, those snacks consist mostly of power bars and bagels without cream cheese. Under Air Force’s interpretation of the proposed changes, specific limitations on those snack options would be lifted.

Air Force sports information director Troy Garnhart, when told of a freshman football player this past season who was rapidly losing weight and complaining of not enough food being available, said an athlete in that situation would now be able to request and receive more food.

“We’d be able to take care of him,” Garnhart said.

The proposal goes before the Division I board of directors on April 24 for approval.

The new rule is a reaction to Connecticut basketball player Shabazz Napier telling reporters during the NCAA Tournament that he goes to bed “starving.”