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NCAA expands allowance for athlete meals

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA’s legislative council has approved a proposal to expand the meal allowance for athletes.

If approved by the board of directors April 24, Division I schools could provide unlimited meals and snacks to everyone who plays a college sport, including walk-ons.

Tuesday’s vote came eight days after Shabazz Napier closed out Connecticut’s championship run by complaining that he sometimes went to bed “starving” because he couldn’t afford food.

Committee members also voted to reduce the penalty for a first positive drug test from a full season to a half season if it’s not for a performance-enhancing drug. The NCAA only tests during championship events.

The council also approved a measure to create a three-hour break between preseason football practices.

All changes would take effect Aug. 1.

A panel of college administrators agree the NCAA business model has to change to survive.

Three administrators participated in a discussion Tuesday on integrity and the commercialization of college athletics — Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner Beth DeBauche, Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart and former Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe.