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NCAA: Athletes can receive unlimited meals

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Updated: 4/16 2:08 am

Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Weeks after Shabazz Napier, the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player, complained he often went hungry while playing at Connecticut, the NCAA decided to change one of its archaic rules.

The NCAA's legislative council announced Tuesday all Division I student- athletes can receive unlimited meals and snacks in conjunction with their athletics participation.

Prior to this change, only scholarship student-athletes received three meals a day or a food stipend from its school.

"[Tuesday] we took action to provide meals to student-athletes incidental to participation," council chair Mary Mulvenna said. "I think the end result is right where it needs to be."

Other changes voted on by the council includes a reduction to half a season from a full season for testing positive for street drugs, including marijuana, and a measure requiring football players to get a three-hour break between preseason practices.

The decisions are still dependent on the board of directors' approval.

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