Wednesday, April 16, 2014

NCAA Calls For Unlimited Meals

Only a week after the NCAA tournament came to a close, the NCAA has passed a rule giving student-athletes unlimited meals. Prior to this, students were "given three meals per day." My initial response to this was "well its about damn time"

Lets call this the "Shabazz Rule". Our food forefather Mr. Napier went on a national television interview after the game and told the world how, on many nights, he goes to bed hungry. He's right. ALL STUDENTS ATHLETES GO TO SLEEP HUNGRY AT SOME POINT, AND IT SUCKS. I couldn't be prouder of Shabazz's brutal honesty.

Now I have heard the responses from many people. "Oh you go to school for free" "I'm paying my way through college and still have money to eat" "these kids complain way to much when they are given everything", etc. I just want to go out there and say that no one knows what it is like. I would like to see non-student-athletes try and do what we do on a daily basis. Being a student-athlete is hard. Very hard. Its not all rainbows and butterflies. We have a rigorous schedule, and on top of that we are only given enough money and food to get by.

It may seem like I am complaining, but if you have payed attention to anything that has happened with the NCAA recently, the complaining is working. A good player on a team puts in over 40 hours a week towards their sport alone. That's not including school work and other obligations. A student with a job may not even work 20 hours a week and will get compensated for that job. Do I have the time to go get myself a job? Absolutely not. Would I consider my basketball career a job? Absolutely not, I love basketball and I still think of it as the same sport I began playing when I was 6 years old in a park district league. But at the same time there has to be somethings given back to us. I know free tuition and "three meals a day" is a big deal to a lot of people, but we have sacrificed so many other things to get to where we are today. Not saying that other people haven't either, but look at how much we are required to do. 

I think this is a huge step in the right direction for college athletics. The "Shabazz Rule" as I like to call it will student-athletes across the country satisfied for the entirety of their careers. 


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