Silly NCAA

*Disclaimer this is my personal space and doesn’t reflect the views, values, or beliefs of any college or colleague.

The NCAA is full of silly rules and regulations. After nearly 30 years of coaching I tend to be pretty cynical about the NCAA. After all this is a huge organization that generates billions of dollars of revenue . Coaches in big time programs get coaching contracts in the millions/year. Universities are spending outrageous sums of money on athletic facilities. All this revenue is generated by student-athletes who can’t earn money outside their scholarships (this is slowly changing thanks to the law recently passed by California). It seems the NCAA has fought tooth-and-nail to keep student benefits low while allowing universities/coaches to reap the reward from their work.

Here is my new “favorite” NCAA regulation. The NCAA is now looking at prohibiting institutions from providing snacks to student-athletes.

Student-athletes are incredibly busy and have to be really adept at time management. For example student-athletes in sciences might have afternoon labs that run 1-4. After lab they hustle to the training room for treatment, practice for two (or more hours), followed by conditioning/weight training, cool down, shower, and change. It can be 8pm before a student-athlete can even think about dinner.

That is a LONG time between meals and a lot calories burned. To help student-athletes get through these long days, coaches would/could bring snacks (trailmix, apples, bananas, bagels etc) to practice. Grabbing a banana before hitting the court is often the difference between making it through practice/conditioning or crashing and burning.

Crazy thing is if a non-athlete gets an apple from a professor during a long class it is ok. But as soon as an student-athlete takes an apple from a coach it is a violation.

Not sure where the NCAA is trying to go with this legislation. Clearly they aren’t thinking about the welfare of the student-athletes.

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